Peru central bank paper analyses effect of mobile phones


A working paper, published in April by the Central Bank of Peru, analyses the effect of improved mobile phone coverage on household income, assets and expenditure in rural Peru.

The paper's authors, Diether Beuermann, Christopher McKelvey and Carlos Sotelo Lopez, regress the outcome variables on mobile phone coverage to estimate the effects of mobile phone use. The authors find evidence that household income, assets and expenditure all increase in the years after coverage is extended.


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