Ethnic politics and the diffusion of mobile technology in Africa

Roland Hodler, Paul A. Raschky

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We analyze the effect of an ethnic group's country-level population share on the mobile phone infrastructure in Africa. Consistent with the African power-sharing arrangements documented by Francois et al. (2015), we find that larger ethnic groups benefit from a higher concentration of mobile phone infrastructure and a higher fraction of UMTS cell sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • Africa
  • Mobile phones
  • Power sharing
  • Technology diffusion

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