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Internet Use and Job Search

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  • T. Randolph Beard
  • George S. Ford
  • Richard P. Saba
  • Richard A. Seals Jr.

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We combine regression and propensity score methods to estimate the effect of Internet use on job search. We exploit the distinction between the unemployed and the discouraged, where both desire employment but the latter has ceased active job search due to negative beliefs about the labor market. Results indicate broadband use at home or at public locations reduces discouragement by over 50 percent. Our findings suggest Internet use keeps the jobless active in job search and may equate to more employment. Our results also demonstrate public connections (e.g., at libraries) in unserved and underserved areas may produce substantial societal benefits.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Auburn University in its series Auburn Economics Working Paper Series with number auwp2010-07.

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  1. Given free Internet to the unemployed
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-12-17 14:57:00
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  1. Alexander C. Lembcke, 2014. "Home Computers and Married Women's Labor Supply," CEP Discussion Papers dp1260, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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