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Do digital information technologies help unemployed job seekers find a job? Evidence from the broadband internet expansion in Germany

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  • Gürtzgen, Nicole

    (Institute for Employment Research)

  • Diegmann (né Nolte), André

    (Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Institute for Employment Research (IAB))

  • Pohlan, Laura

    (Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Institute for Employment Research (IAB))

  • van den Berg, Gerard J.

    (University of Bristol, IFAU Uppsala, IZA, ZEW, CEPR and CESifo)

Abstract

This paper studies effects of the introduction of a new digital mass medium on reemployment of unemployed job seekers. We combine data on high-speed (broadband) internet availability at the local level with German individual register data. We address endogeneity by exploiting technological peculiarities that affected the roll-out of high-speed internet. The results show that highspeed internet improves reemployment rates after the first months in unemployment. This is confirmed by complementary analyses with individual survey data suggesting that internet access increases online job search and the number of job interviews after a fewmonths in unemployment.

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  • Gürtzgen, Nicole & Diegmann (né Nolte), André & Pohlan, Laura & van den Berg, Gerard J., 2018. "Do digital information technologies help unemployed job seekers find a job? Evidence from the broadband internet expansion in Germany," Working Paper Series 2018:21, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
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    Keywords

    Unemployment; online job search; information frictions; matching technology; search channels;
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    JEL classification:

    • C26 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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