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Mobile Money and the Labor Market: Evidence from Developing Countries

Chiara De Gasperin, Valentina Rotondi () and Luca Stanca

No 403, Working Papers from University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics

Abstract: Mobile money can play an important role in improving financial inclusion and, as a consequence, employment outcomes, especially in areas where adequate financial infrastructures are lacking. In this paper, we study the effects of mobile money use on the employment outcomes of individuals in 8 developing countries. Our findings indicate that, relative to non-users, individuals who use mobile money are more likely to become self-employed and to receive a regular wage. In particular, the positive association between mobile money use and regular wage is found to be robust also when explicitly addressing the potential endogeneity of mobile mobile money. Overall, the evidence suggests that policies aimed at favoring access to and use of mobile money can provide an e ective and relatively inexpensive tool in the agenda for sustainable development.

Keywords: Mobile Money; Digital Revolution; Labor Market. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O16 O17 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20
Date: 2019-03, Revised 2019-03
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