Impact of Mobile Phones

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An econometric analysis of the impact of mobile
Dr. Mahesh Uppal is the Director of Com First (India) Private Ltd, a consultancy specializing in policy, regulation, and strategy. Mamta is a researcher at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
1. Summary
During the past two decades, India has moved away from its former ‘command and control’ policies to become a marketbased economy. This process started in the mid-1980s and gathered substantial momentum at the beginning of the 1990s. The process of reform has continued in this decade with a further opening of the economy and the creation of regulatory institutions to oversee the march towards fully competitive markets. As a result of the liberalisation, GDP per capita has been rising by 7% annually, a rate that leads to its doubling in a decade. This contrasts with annual growth of GDP per capita of just 1% in the three decades from 1950 to 1980. Rapid growth turned India into the third largest economy in the world in 2006 (after the United States and China and just ahead of Japan when measured at purchasing power parities), accounting for nearly 7% of world GDP.
1 Although India’s growth rate has been among the highest in the world, it remains a low income country. With a per capita income of US$950 in 2007, India ranks 122nd.
2 As well as a low average income, there are substantial disparities in economic performance between states. The average per capita Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Delhi, the richest state, is five times that of Bihar, the poorest. There is a broad consensus amongst policy makers that growth needs to become more inclusive by increasing the prosperity of poorer states, whose economies have expanded at a slower pace than those of the richer states in the past decade. 6 India: The Impact of Mobile Phones Moving the debate forward • The…...

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