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Do Digital Information Technologies Help Unemployed Job Seekers Find a Job? Evidence from the Broadband Internet Expansion in Germany

Nicole Gürtzgen (), André Diegmann (geb. Nolte) (), Laura Pohlan () and Gerard van den Berg
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Nicole Gürtzgen: Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg

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No 11555, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper studies effects of the introduction of a new digital mass medium on reemployment of unemployed job seekers. We combine data on high-speed (broadband) internet availability at the local level with individual register data on the unemployed in Germany. We address endogeneity by exploiting technological peculiarities in the network that affected the roll-out of high-speed internet. The results show that high-speed internet improves reemployment rates after the first months of the unemployment spell. This is confirmed by complementary analysis with individual survey data suggesting that online job search leads to additional formal job interviews after a few months in unemployment.

Keywords: unemployment; online job search; information frictions; matching technology; search channels (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 K42 H40 L96 C26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 62 pages
Date: 2018-05
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