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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 2 No. 3 (July 2010)

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Information from Markets Near and Far: Mobile Phones and Agricultural Markets in Niger

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Aker, Jenny C. 2010. "Information from Markets Near and Far: Mobile Phones and Agricultural Markets in Niger." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2(3): 46-59.

DOI: 10.1257/app.2.3.46

Abstract

Price dispersion across markets is common in developing countries. Using novel market and trader-level data, this paper provides estimates of the impact of mobile phones on price dispersion across grain markets in Niger. The introduction of mobile phone service between 2001 and 2006 explains a 10 to 16 percent reduction in grain price dispersion. The effect is stronger for market pairs with higher transport costs. (JEL O13, O33, Q11, Q13)

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Aker, Jenny C. (Tufts U and Center for Global Development)

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O13: Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
O33: Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Q11: Agriculture: Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
Q13: Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness

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