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Digital Connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa
A Comparative Perspective

by Emre Alper and Michal Miktus

Series:Working Paper No. 19/210
ISBN 9781513514604
Code: #WPIEA2019210

Publication year: 2019

Cdn: $27.00; US: $25.00
Paperback
Language: English
44 pages
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Higher digital connectivity is expected to bring opportunities to leapfrog development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Experience within the region demonstrates that if there is an adequate digital infrastructure and a supportive business environment, new forms of business spring up and create jobs for the educated as well as the less educated. The paper first confirms the global digital divide through the unsupervised machine learning clustering K-means algorithm. Next, it derives a composite digital connectivity index, in the spirit of De Muro-Mazziotta-Pareto, for about 190 economies. Descriptive analysis shows that majority of SSA countries lag in digital connectivity, specifically in infrastructure, internet usage, and knowledge. Finally, using fractional logit regressions we document that better business enabling and regulatory environment, financial access, and urbanization are associated with higher digital connectivity.
Digital Connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa
Cdn: $27.00; US: $25.00
International Monetary Fund (IMF) BookID: 126008 Added: 2019.10.7