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How Broadband Internet Affects Labor Market Matching

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  • Bhuller, Manudeep

    () (University of Oslo)

  • Kostol, Andreas Ravndal

    () (Arizona State University)

  • Vigtel, Trond Christian

    () (University of Oslo)

Abstract

How the internet affects job matching is not well understood due to a lack of data on job vacancies and quasi-experimental variation in internet use. This paper helps fill this gap using plausibly exogenous roll-out of broadband infrastructure in Norway, and comprehensive data on recruiters, vacancies and job seekers. We document that broadband expansions increased online vacancy-postings and lowered the average duration of a vacancy and the share of establishments with unfilled vacancies. These changes led to higher job-finding rates and starting wages and more stable employment relationships after an unemployment-spell. Consequently, our calculations suggest that the steady-state unemployment rate fell by as much as one-fifth.

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  • Bhuller, Manudeep & Kostol, Andreas Ravndal & Vigtel, Trond Christian, 2020. "How Broadband Internet Affects Labor Market Matching," IZA Discussion Papers 12895, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    unemployment; information; job search; matching;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software

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