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)
Aker, Jenny C.
"Information from Markets Near and Far: Mobile Phones and Agricultural Markets in Niger."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Agriculture: Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness