publication . Article . Other literature type . Preprint . 2011

ICT, Financial Inclusion and Growth: Evidence from African Countries

Kpodar, Kangni; Andrianaivo, Mihasonirina; KKpodar@imf.org; MAndrianaivo@imf.org;
Open Access French
  • Published: 01 Apr 2011
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
Abstract
This paper studies the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT), especially mobile phone rollout, on economic growth in a sample of African countries from 1988 to 2007. Further, we investigate whether financial inclusion is one of the channels through which mobile phone development influences economic growth. In estimating the impact of ICT on economic growth, we use a wide range of ICT indicators, including mobile and fixed telephone penetration rates and the cost of local calls. We address any endogeneity issues by using the System Generalized Method of Moment (GMM) estimator. Financial inclusion is captured by variables measuring access to f...
Subjects
free text keywords: General, Financial Institutions and Services: General, [Africa;Economic growth;ICT, mobile financial services, internet, mobile telephone, telephone subscribers, telecommunications, Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity], ICT, mobile financial services, economic growth, Africa, JEL: O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth/O.O3 - Innovation • Research and Development • Technological Change • Intellectual Property Rights/O.O3.O30 - General, JEL: O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth/O.O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity/O.O4.O40 - General, JEL: G - Financial Economics/G.G2 - Financial Institutions and Services/G.G2.G20 - General, [SHS.ECO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Economics and Finance, JEL : O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth/O.O3 - Innovation • Research and Development • Technological Change • Intellectual Property Rights/O.O3.O30 - General, JEL : O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth/O.O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity/O.O4.O40 - General, JEL : G - Financial Economics/G.G2 - Financial Institutions and Services/G.G2.G20 - General, [ SHS.ECO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Economies and finances
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publication . Article . Other literature type . Preprint . 2011

ICT, Financial Inclusion and Growth: Evidence from African Countries

Kpodar, Kangni; Andrianaivo, Mihasonirina; KKpodar@imf.org; MAndrianaivo@imf.org;