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Socio-economy of Mobile Phone Ownership in India

  • G. D. Bino PaulEmail author
  • Ashutosh Bishnu Murti
Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)


This paper examines the socio-economy of mobile phone ownership in India by plotting patterns that have been drawn from National Sample Survey (NSS) 66th round consumption data for 2009–2010. While we use the secondary data from Census 2011 and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the crux of this paper is built around the NSS data, juxtaposing mobile ownership with place of residence, social category, religion, having Internet connection, educational attainment, age, and the state. Moreover, we regress owning mobile phone on the socio-economic characteristics to plot the determinants of mobile phone ownership. The assumption that permeates throughout the paper is that mobile phone is a network good with the convergent technology embedded in it and generates multiple streams of pay-offs and spillovers.


Mobile phone ownership Socio-economic characteristics Determinants of mobile phone ownership Network good 



The earlier version of this paper was presented at the workshop ‘Harnessing Technology for Challenging Inequality’, held at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai on 7th March 2015. We acknowledge the suggestions and comments of the Chair/Discussant and participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management and Labour StudiesTata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.School of Management and Labour StudiesTata Institute of Social SciencesHyderabadIndia

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