Broadband Infrastructure and Unemployment - Evidence for Germany
Discussion Papers in Economics from University of Munich, Department of Economics
Online job search is becoming increasingly prominent and is viewed to improve the efficiency of the search process. OLS results suggest a negative association of DSL availability with unemployment rates across German municipalities. However, the roll-out of DSL networks is not random. This paper exploits the fact that the availability of DSL connections depends on a municipality’s distance to the closest interconnection point to the pre-existing voice-telephony network. Instrumental-variable results using this distance as an instrument for DSL availability do not confirm the effect of DSL availability on unemployment.
Keywords: Unemployment; job search; broadband internet (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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