What $2.5 billion can buy: The effect of the Broadband Initiatives Program on farm productivity
Ryan Yang Wang and
Telecommunications Policy, 2022, vol. 46, issue 7
This paper investigates whether the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), implemented as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) had a positive impact on farm productivity, defined as farm sales per farm employment, in the counties that received any BIP funding. The effect of BIP on the growth of farm sales was examined for the 2008–2010, 2008–2011, 2008–2012 and 2008–2013 periods. The selection bias (the probability that a county received BIP funding) was accounted for using the inverse probability weighting regression method (IPW). The findings suggest that BIP funding had a significant but short-term impact on per employment farm sales.
Keywords: Broadband initiatives program; Rural development; Internet infrastructure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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