The Impact of Mobile Telephone Use on Economic Development of Households in Uganda

Sanne Lise Blauw, Philip Hans Franses
2011 Social Science Research Network  
We examine the impact of mobile telephone use on economic development of individual households. Unique cross-sectional data were collected in personal interviews with heads of households (N=196) in Uganda. Economic development is measured at the household level by the Progress out of Poverty Index TM . We find strong support that mobile phone use positively impacts economic development. We are grateful to Oikocredit the Netherlands and the Erasmus Trust Fund for financial support. At a personal
more » ... level we are thankful to Tolophisa, Moses and Jackson, who introduced the first author to the interviewees and interpreted where necessary. Further mention should go to SYPO, where Emma helped to organize the data collection and Christine contributed much by helping to translate the questionnaire to Luganda. We further thank Dick van Dijk for his helpful suggestions.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1952525 fatcat:2n55dxitkrdatd7z7q3d6ydwmu