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Professor (since 1988)Research Fellow Queen Elizabeth House,Oxford,Assistant Prof of Economics,Boston University

Research interests

My current interest lies in the relationships between information technology and development.I am interested for example in the concept and measurement of the divide that separates rich and poor countries in mobile phones and the Internet.I am also interested in the effect of these technologies on poverty in developing countries.In this regard I continue to study ultra low-cost methods of bringing the benefits of these technologies to those living in rural areas of the developing world.


  • Microeconomics
  • Developing Countries; Economy
  • Information Technology
  • Globalisation
  • Third World
  • Economics
  • Developing Countries

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developing country Social Sciences
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digital divide Social Sciences
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welfare Social Sciences
information technology Social Sciences
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Research Output 1977 2019

A sequential analysis of the welfare effects of mobile phones in Africa

James, M., Apr 2019, In : Social Science Computer Review. 37, 2, p. 279-290

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Mobile phones
public transport

Confronting the scarcity of digital skills among the poor in developing countries

James, M., Oct 2019, In : Development Policy Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
developing world
developing country

Institutions, Technology and Development in Africa

James, J., Dec 2018, 1st ed. Oxon: Routledge. 142 p. (Routledge Studies in Development Economics)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Sub-Saharan Africa

Rural areas and the Internet

James, M. J., 2018, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. Warf, B. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, p. 739-742

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Sustainable Growth in the African Economy

James, M., Mar 2017, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 174 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Sustainable growth
Sub-Saharan Africa
Structural change

Activities 1997 1997

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course etc.
  • 1 Membership of committee
  • 1 Invited talk

Public Choice & Industrialization in Africa: Some Paradoxes Resolved

M.J. James (Speaker)
1 Mar 1997

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Member Visitation Committee - International Institutes of Education in the Netherlands (Event)

M.J. James (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Conference/Workshop on Globalization

M.J. James (Participant)
1 Sep 1997

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific