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Broadband Infrastructure and Unemployment - Evidence for Germany

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  • Czernich, Nina

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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.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 12279.

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Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenec:12279

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Keywords: Unemployment; job search; broadband internet;

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  1. Peter Kuhn & Mikal Skuterud, 2004. "Internet Job Search and Unemployment Durations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(1), pages 218-232, March.
  2. Nina Czernich, 2011. "Broadband Internet and Political Participation - Evidence for Germany," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 104, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  3. Betsey Stevenson, 2009. "The Internet and Job Search," NBER Chapters, in: Studies of Labor Market Intermediation, pages 67-86 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Constantin Mang, 2012. "Online Job Search and Matching Quality," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 147, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

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