Mobile communication and socioeconomic development in Latin America (CMDAL)

Period: 2007 – 2010

Source of funding: Fundación Telefónica

Team: Scientific direction: Manuel Castells (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya); Principal investigators: François Bar (University of Southern California), Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Hernan Galperin (Universidad de San Andrés); Researchers in charge of case studies: Alejandro Artopoulos (Universidad de San Andrés), François Bar (University of Southern California), Roxana Barrantes (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos), Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Hernan Galperin (Universidad de San Andrés), Sebastián Ureta (Universidad Católica de Chile); Researchers: Aileen Agüero García (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos), Mariano Aronés Palomino (anthropologist, interdependent consultant), Laura León Kanashiro (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos), Andrea Molinari (Universidad de San Andrés), Francis Pisani (Instituto de Empresa), Carlos Seabra (Instituto de Pesquisas e Projetos Sociais e Tecnológicos), Javier Vázquez Grenno (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).

Description: This pioneering research on Latin America fills an existing research gap. It assesses the contribution of mobile communication from a macro, meso and micro level to economic growth, (in)equality, poverty, rural development, and empowerment. This project aims mainly at assessing the social and economic impact of the spread of mobile telephony in Latin America, especially amongst the most disadvantaged. Five case studies were developed in four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Chile) while a series of macroeconomic models were specified and evaluated.


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