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Impact of Very High-Speed Broadband on Local Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence

Maude Hasbi

14th ITS Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Kyoto 2017: Mapping ICT into Transformation for the Next Information Society from International Telecommunications Society (ITS)

Abstract: I estimate the impact of very high-speed broadband networks on some measures of local economic growth in France. I use panel data estimations with time- and municipal-fixed effects. I show that municipalities with a very high-speed broadband network tend to be more attractive for companies. I find a positive impact on the number of companies of all non-farm market sectors operating locally, along with a positive impact on company creation. In addition, municipalities with a very high-speed broadband network provide a more favorable environment for entrepreneurship, as it has a positive effect on the creation of sole proprietorships. The estimation results also show a positive impact on unemployment reduction.

Keywords: Fiber; Very High-Speed Broadband; Local Economic Growth; Company Creation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L13 L50 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-ict, nep-net, nep-pay, nep-reg and nep-ure
Date: 2017
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