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Mobile Phone Coverage and Producer Markets : Evidence from West Africa

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2211
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A. World Bank Economic Review
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Aker, Jenny C.
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Fafchamps, Marcel
dc.date.accessioned
2017-01-11T22:01:20Z
dc.date.available
2017-01-11T22:01:20Z
dc.date.issued
2015-07
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2021-04-23T14:04:32Z
dc.description.abstract
Mobile phone coverage has expanded considerably throughout the developing world, particularly within sub-Saharan Africa. Existing evidence suggests that increased access to information technology has improved agricultural market efficiency for consumer markets and certain commodities, but there is less evidence of its impact on producer markets. Building on the work of Aker (2010), we estimate the impact of mobile phone coverage on producer price dispersion for three commodities in Niger. Our results suggest that mobile phone coverage reduces spatial producer price dispersion by 6 percent for cowpea, a semi-perishable commodity. These effects are strongest for remote markets and during certain periods of the year. The introduction of mobile phone coverage has no effect on producer price dispersion for millet and sorghum, two staple grains that are less perishable and are commonly stored by farmers. There are no impacts of mobile phone coverage on producer price levels, but mobile phone coverage is associated with a reduction in the intra-annual price variation for cowpea.
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World Bank Economic Review
dc.identifier.issn
1564-698X
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/25842
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en_US
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Oxford University Press on behalf of the World Bank
dc.rights
CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo
dc.subject
commodities
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mobile phone
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producer markets
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remote markets
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information
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remote access
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producer price dispersion
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price variation
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market efficiency
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information technology
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market behavior
dc.title
Mobile Phone Coverage and Producer Markets
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dc.title.subtitle
Evidence from West Africa
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dc.type
Journal Article
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2017-01-11
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Publications & Research :: Journal Article
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Publications & Research
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yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1093/wber/lht018
okr.journal.nbpages
262-92
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en
okr.peerreview
Academic Peer Review
okr.region.administrative
Africa
okr.region.geographical
Sub-Saharan Africa
okr.topic
Agriculture :: Agricultural Knowledge & Information Systems
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Agriculture :: Agricultural Sector Economics
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Agriculture :: Commodity Risk Management
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Information and Communication Technologies :: Information Technology
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Information and Communication Technologies :: Poverty Reduction & ICT
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Information and Communication Technologies :: Rural Information & Communications Technologies
okr.volume
29(2)

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