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Broadband and local growth

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I find a positive relationship between broadband expansion and local economic growth. This relationship is stronger in industries that rely more on information technology and in areas with lower population densities. Instrumenting for broadband expansion with slope of terrain leans in the direction of a causal relationship, though not definitively.

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  • Kolko, Jed, 2012. "Broadband and local growth," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(1), pages 100-113.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:juecon:v:71:y:2012:i:1:p:100-113
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2011.07.004
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    Keywords

    Internet; Broadband; Local economic development; Employment growth;
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    JEL classification:

    • L9 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location

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