The Great Digital Provide

When one thinks of mobile phones and the digital economy, few would imagine that its adoption in the South Indian state of Kerala exemplifies the very best of how digital technology leads to inclusive growth. Yet, between 1997 and 2001, mobile phone service was introduced throughout the state, whose primary industry is fishing.

What happened next, you must read straight from author Robert Jensen. In the Quarterly Journal of Economics, his article entitled "The Digital Provide: Information (Technology), Market Performance, and Welfare in the South Indian Fisheries Sector," offers an authoritative account of the digital economy and shows how highly efficient information communication and processing can create an environment for fair and productive competition.

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