nep-net New Economics Papers
on Network Economics
Issue of 2016‒08‒14
two papers chosen by
Yi-Nung Yang
Chung Yuan Christian University

  1. Regulation and Investment in Telecom Network Infrastructure Facilities: The Recent Developments and Debates By Ben Dkhil, Inès
  2. Mobile Money and Risk Sharing Against Aggregate Shocks By Emma Riley

  1. By: Ben Dkhil, Inès
    Abstract: The regulation has the greatest role in forcing the introduction and the establishment of competition in the fixed telecom markets by facilitating the entrants’ access conditions to the incumbent’s infrastructure facilities (the local loop). Recently, the sole way to ensure the development of telecom industry consists to promote innovation and investment in network infrastructure technologies. This paper provides a critical review of both recent theoretical and empirical literature that address the issues of regulation on innovation and investment in the fixed telecommunication in-frastructures.
    Keywords: bottleneck, access regulation policies, investment in network upgrade, service-based competition, facility-based competition.
    JEL: K21 L1 L12 L51
    Date: 2014–12–01
  2. By: Emma Riley
    Abstract: Households in developing countries have gained increased access to remittances through the recent introduction of mobile money services. While the benefits of improved risk sharing to the remittance receiver have been examined in past research, benefits to the wider community have not been looked into. I examine the impact of mobile money services on consumption smoothing after an aggregate shock for both users of mobile money and for household that don't use mobile money but who reside in villages with users. This allows me to determine the extent that remittances received via mobile money are shared within villages in which I cannot reject perfect risk sharing. Using a difference-in-difference fixed effects specication, I find that while having other mobile money users in the village increases the per capita consumption of the entire village, after an aggregate shock it is only users of mobile money who are able to prevent a drop in their consumption.
    Keywords: risk sharing; mobile money; Tanzania
    JEL: O16 O17 O33
    Date: 2016

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