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Broadband Internet and Income Inequality

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  • Georges Vivien Houngbonon

    () (LGI - Laboratoire Génie Industriel - EA 2606 - CentraleSupélec)

  • Julienne Liang

    (France Télécom)

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Policy makers are aiming for a large coverage of high-speed broadband Internet. However , there is still a lack of evidence about its effects on income distribution. In this paper, we investigate the effects of fixed broadband Internet on mean income and income inequality using a unique town-level data on broadband adoption and quality in France. We find that broadband adoption and quality raise mean income and lower income inequality. These results are robust to initial conditions, and yield policy implications for the deployment of faster broadband Internet.

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  • Georges Vivien Houngbonon & Julienne Liang, 2017. "Broadband Internet and Income Inequality," Working Papers hal-01653815, HAL.
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    Broadband Internet; Income Inequality; Telecommunications;

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