Using data from the Philippines, we study the impact of mobile phones on the prices agricultural producers receive for their cash crop. We first look at the impact on price of mobile phone ownership at the household level. Because this masks a considerable amount of heterogeneity, we then look at the impact on price of the intrahousehold allocation of mobile phones. We find that whether the household owns a mobile phone has no impact on price, but whether a farmer or spouse owns a mobile phone is associated with a 5- to 8-per cent increase in price.
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We thank Rufo Guillermo, Ditas Ramos, Hircoles Corpus, and Ate Clarence for field research assistance. We are grateful to the Philippine Rice Research Institute for logistical support and the Robertson Scholars Program for financial support. Lastly, we thank the editor in charge and two anonymous reviewers, Rosemary Fernholz, Amar Hamoudi, and Linda Raftree for helpful comments and suggestions. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this paper are entirely those of the authors. They do not necessarily represent the views of Innovations for Poverty Action.
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