Access to telephone services and household income in poor rural areas using a quasi-natural experiment for Peru

Alberto Chong, Virgilio Galdo, Máximo Torero

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Abstract

We take advantage of a quasi-natural experiment in Peru in which a privatized telecommunications company was required by the government to randomly install and operate public pay phones in small rural towns throughout the country. Using an especially designed household survey for a representative sample of rural towns, we are able to link access to telephone services with household income. We find that, regardless of income measurement, most characteristics of public telephone use are positively linked with income. Remarkably, the benefits are given at both non-farm and farm income levels. The findings hold when using propensity score matching methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-648
Number of pages26
JournalEconomica
Volume76
Issue number304
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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