The role of the telephone in economic development

Telecommunications Policy (Impact Factor: 1.13). 12/1980; 4(4):278-286. DOI: 10.1016/0308-5961(80)90044-0
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ABSTRACT The author investigates the telephone's role as a contributory agent in economic development. Cross-sectional time series data for 60 nations over 13 years were used to determine how the telephone might make its contribution to economic development. Path analysis and cross-lagged correlation techniques indicate that the telephone does contribute to economic development. This contribution appears to come from the telephone's support of the organization of economic activity.

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