Determinants of a Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa : A Spatial Econometric Analysis of Cell Phone Coverage

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Policy Research Working Papers
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Buys, Piet
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Dasgupta, Susmita
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Thomas, Tim
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Wheeler, David
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2012-05-25T17:48:17Z
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2012-05-25T17:48:17Z
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2008-02
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2021-04-23T14:02:31Z
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Most discussions of the digital divide treat it as a "North-South" issue, but the conventional dichotomy doesn't apply to cell phones in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although almost all Sub-Saharan countries are poor by international standards, they exhibit great disparities in coverage by cell telephone systems. Buys, Dasgupta, Thomas and Wheeler investigate the determinants of these disparities with a spatially-disaggregated model that employs locational information for cell-phone towers across over 990,000 4.6-km grid squares in Sub-Saharan Africa. Using probit techniques, a probability model with adjustments for spatial autocorrelation has been estimated that relates the likelihood of cell-tower location within a grid square to potential market size (proximate population); installation and maintenance cost factors related to accessibility (elevation, slope, distance from a main road, distance from the nearest large city); and national competition policy. Probit estimates indicate strong, significant results for the supply-demand variables, and very strong results for the competition policy index. Simulations based on the econometric results suggest that a generalized improvement in competition policy to a level that currently characterizes the best-performing states in Sub-Saharan Africa could lead to huge improvements in cell-phone area coverage for many states currently with poor policy performance, and an overall coverage increase of nearly 100 percent.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2008/02/9003849/determinants-digital-divide-sub-saharan-africa-spatial-econometric-analysis-cell-phone-coverage
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/6436
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English
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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Policy Research Working Paper; No. 4516
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
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AREA
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ATTRIBUTES
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BACKBONE
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BASIC
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BEST PRACTICES
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BLUE
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BUSINESS MODELS
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BUSINESSES
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CELL PHONE
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CELL PHONES
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CELL-PHONE
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CELLPHONE
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CENTER
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CENTRE
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CITY POPULATION
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CLUSTER ANALYSIS
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COMMERCE
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COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
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COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
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COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES
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COMMUNITIES
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COMPETITION POLICY
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COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT
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COMPETITIVENESS
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COMPUTER MEMORY
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CONNECTIVITY
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DATA ANALYSIS
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DATA SOURCES
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DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
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DIGITAL
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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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E-DEVELOPMENT
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E-MAIL
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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ECONOMIC GROWTH
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EFFECTIVE POLICIES
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ELECTRONIC MARKETS
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EXTRAPOLATION
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GEOGRAPHIC FACTORS
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GIS
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GLOBAL COVERAGE
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GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
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ICT
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INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS
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INFORMATICS
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INFORMATION NETWORK
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INFORMATION SOCIETY
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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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INSPECTION
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INSTALLATION
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INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
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LICENSE
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LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
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LOCAL POPULATION
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MAINTENANCE COST
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MAINTENANCE COSTS
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MANDATES
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MARKET DEMAND
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MATERIAL
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MOBILE COMMERCE
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MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
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MOBILE PHONES
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NETWORK SERVICES
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NETWORK TECHNOLOGY
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NETWORKS
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OPERATING SYSTEM
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OVERLAY
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PDF
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PENETRATION RATES
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PHONE SHOPS
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POLICY IMPLICATIONS
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POLICY RESEARCH
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POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER
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PRIVATE SECTOR
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PROGRAMS
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PROGRESS
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PUBLIC ACCESS
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PUBLIC POLICY
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PUBLISHING
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RADIO
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RADIO SPECTRUM
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REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
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REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
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REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
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REGULATORY REFORM
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RESULTS
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RURAL ACCESS
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RURAL AREAS
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RURAL CONNECTIVITY
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RURAL POPULATIONS
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RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT
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RURAL TELEPHONY
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SCARCE RESOURCES
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SEA LEVEL
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SERVICE QUALITY
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SIMULATION
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SIMULATION METHODS
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SITES
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SLOPE
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SPATIAL AUTOCORRELATION
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SPATIAL POPULATION DISTRIBUTION
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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
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TELECOM
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TELECOMMUNICATION
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TELECOMMUNICATION REFORM
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TELECOMMUNICATION SECTOR
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS REFORM
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATION
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TELECOMS
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TELEPHONE
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TELEPHONE CONNECTIVITY
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TELEPHONE SYSTEMS
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TELEPHONY
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THE GAMBIA
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TRANSMISSION
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UNIVERSAL ACCESS
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UNIVERSAL SERVICE
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UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUNDS
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URBAN DEVELOPMENT
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USES
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WEB
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WIRELESS
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WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
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Determinants of a Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa : A Spatial Econometric Analysis of Cell Phone Coverage
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Jobs
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Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
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Publications & Research
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2008/02/9003849/determinants-digital-divide-sub-saharan-africa-spatial-econometric-analysis-cell-phone-coverage
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Transport and ICT
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Transport and ICT
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Health, Nutrition, and Population
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Trade and Competitiveness
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10.1596/1813-9450-4516
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000158349_20080212114658
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9003849
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WPS4516
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en
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Africa
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Technology Industry
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Geographical Information Systems
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Health, Nutrition and Population :: Population Policies
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Information and Communication Technologies :: ICT Policy and Strategies
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Private Sector Development :: E-Business
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Industry
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Development Research Group (DECRG)
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