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Inflation and Broadband Revisited. Evidence from an OECD Panel


  • Klaus S. Friesenbichler



This note revisits the conjecture that the use of broadband internet lowers transaction costs and thereby inflation. Using a macroeconomic panel of OECD countries, it roughly confirms previous findings reported by Yi and Choi (2005) by addressing conceptual and econometric issues.

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  • Klaus S. Friesenbichler, 2016. "Inflation and Broadband Revisited. Evidence from an OECD Panel," WIFO Working Papers 527, WIFO.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2016:i:527

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    1. Klaus S. Friesenbichler, 2016. "Austria 2025 – On the Future of Austria's Telecommunications Policy," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 89(12), pages 885-894, December.

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