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The role of improved connectivity on the welfare of Ethiopian farm households.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the effects of owning a mobile phone on the welfare of farm households in Ethiopia. Using data from the Ethiopian Socioeconomic Survey, a panel of 1087 households are studied over the period 2011 - 2016. Household consumption expenditures are used to proxy household welfare. By employing a quantile regression approach, the impact of owning a mobile phone is examined on different types of farm households. The results indicate that mobile phones provide important benefits and enhance the welfare of farm households in Ethiopia. Owning a mobile phone is positively associated with per capita consumption and combined with access to electricity, there is an even larger positive contribution. These results highlight the need for the Ethiopian government to implement policies that make electricity more accessible and affordable and encourage the use of mobile phones. 

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2018. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
mobile phone, electricity, household welfare, Ethiopia, household consumption, infrastructure, quantile regression, agricultural household model
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40116ISRN: JU-IHH-NAA-1-20180104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40116DiVA, id: diva2:1216569
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IHH, Economics
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Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-11 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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