Influence of socio-demographic factors on mobile phone adoption in rural Bangladesh: policy implications

Alam, G. M. Monirul and Alam, Khorshed ORCID: and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Khatun, Most Nilufa and Mamun, M. S. Arifeen Khan (2019) Influence of socio-demographic factors on mobile phone adoption in rural Bangladesh: policy implications. Information Development, 35 (5). pp. 739-748. ISSN 0266-6669


Access to information and communication technology (ICT) has been considered crucial to alleviate poverty and improve food security of rural households. The mobile phone is an ICT that is widely used by rural households in developing countries. This study examines the determinants of mobile phone adoption using survey data of vulnerable rural households in Bangladesh, a developing country; the study empirically assesses the income hypothesis of mobile phone adoption in particular. Four alternative specifications of the model are developed to test the stability and robustness of the estimates. The study finds rural households have heterogeneous access to ICT such as radio, TV, computer and the Internet except mobile phone. Our estimated Gini coefficient indicates high income inequality among the rural households. The model results suggest that household income positively influences mobile phone adoption. However, the impact is not statistically significant. Other factors such as respondents’ age, education and farm category are statistically significant influences on mobile phone adoption. An increasing use of mobile phones is likely to enhance the sharing of valuable information among rural households for the better management of their livelihoods and improved farming decisions.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 23:32
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2021 03:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh, determinants, income hypothesis, mobile phone adoption, rural households
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100599 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380118 Urban and regional economics
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management
40 ENGINEERING > 4099 Other engineering > 409999 Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890103 Mobile Data Networks and Services
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