The Role of Openness in the Effect of ICT on Governance

Simplice Asongu, Jacinta Nwachukwu

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The study investigates how openness influences information and communication technology (ICT) penetration for improved government quality in sub-Saharan Africa for the period 2000–2012. Openness is measured in terms of trade and financial globalization whereas ICT is proxied with mobile phone and internet penetration rates. Ten bundled and unbundled governance indicators are used. The empirical evidence is based on Generalised Method of Moments with forward orthogonal deviations. The main findings are First, financial openness has an edge over trade openness when combined with ICT to affect both economic and institutional governance. Second, mobile phones have an edge over internet penetration in complementing (i) trade openness for economic governance and (ii) financial openness for institutional governance. Third, net effects on political governance are consistently negative. Taken together, in the short-run, openness-driven ICT policies are more rewarding in terms of economic and institutional governance than political governance. Fourth, catch-up in governance is facilitated by the interaction between openness and ICT. Contributions of these findings to literature are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-531
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Information Technology for Development
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Information Technology for Development on 3rd January 2018, available online:


  • Africa
  • ICT
  • Openness
  • governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Public Administration
  • Computer Science Applications


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