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Broadband Internet and Political Participation - Evidence for Germany

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  • Nina Czernich

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Previous studies found the introduction of the today well established media radio and television to affect political participation. This paper evaluates the effect of the relatively recent introduction of a new medium, broadband internet. OLS resultssuggest a positive association between DSL availability and voter participationacross German municipalities. However, the roll-out of DSL networks is not random. The paper exploits the fact that DSL availability depends on a unicipality’s distance to the nearest interconnection point to the existing voice-telephony network. Instrumental-variable results using this distance to predict DSL availability confirm the effect of DSL availability on voter participation.

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Paper provided by Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich in its series Ifo Working Paper Series with number Ifo Working Paper No. 104.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ifowps:_104

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Keywords: Broadband internet; political economics; media; voting behaviour;

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  1. Czernich, Nina, 2011. "Broadband Infrastructure and Unemployment - Evidence for Germany," Discussion Papers in Economics, University of Munich, Department of Economics 12279, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Campante, Filipe & Durante, Ruben & Sobbrio, Francesco, 2013. "Politics 2.0: The Multifaceted Effect of Broadband Internet on Political Participation," Working Paper Series, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government rwp13-014, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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