Mobile phones are growth drivers and support progress towards democracy, gender equality and better education opportunities. A study implemented by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research on behalf of the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications.
Mobile phones connect us to the rest of the world and are used on a daily basis by practically everyone. A study entitled “Mobile technologies – The digital fabric of our lives“ has now revealed that these tiny devices are actually economic heavyweights that positively influence social development. The study was implemented by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IER Cologne) on behalf of the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. Econometric analyses were used to verify the correlation between mobile technology penetration and progress in the area of social development. Mobile phones support democratic participation, increase gender equality and improve education opportunities. They also make a significant contribution to economic growth.