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Internet use and job search

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

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Regression analysis augmented with propensity score methods is used to estimate the effect of Internet use on job search. The formal distinction between the unemployed and the discouraged is exploited, where both desire employment but the latter has ceased active job search. Results indicate broadband use at home or at public locations reduces the probability that the unemployed cease job search by over 50% relative to unemployed persons who do not use the Internet at all. The results suggest that even public connections (e.g., at libraries) in unserved and underserved areas may produce substantial social benefits.

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  • Beard, T. Randolph & Ford, George S. & Saba, Richard P. & Seals, Richard A., 2012. "Internet use and job search," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 260-273.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:36:y:2012:i:4:p:260-273
    DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2011.12.001
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    Keywords

    Discouraged workers; Internet access; Propensity score matching;

    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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