Structural transformation and industrialization: analysis of the interactions between telecommunications services and manufacturing sector in sub-Saharan Africa

Kwami Ossadzifo Wonyra
Enseignant-chercheur à l’Université de Kara, Département de Master en Planification du Développment, Togo

Abstract : This article has two main objectives. First, it analyses the effect of the manufac- turing sector on economic growth (i), and second, it highlights the effect of interactions between the manufacturing sector and telecommunications infrastructure (ii). To achieve this, panel data are mobilized. They cover Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries from 1990 to 2015. Fixed effects, random effects estimators and the Hausman-Taylor estimator (1981) are used for the purposes of robustness and taking into account individual specificities that do not change over time. The results show that the manufacturing sector positively affects economic growth in SSA countries and this effect is more pronounced with the use of telecommunications services.

Keywords : structural transformation, industrialisation, economic growth, telecommuni- cations services.

Jel Classification : N17, L96, O14.