Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1813905
 
 

Citations (3)



 


 



Broadband Internet: An Information Superhighway to Sex Crime?


Manudeep Bhuller


University of Chicago

Tarjei Havnes


University of Oslo - Department of Economics

Edwin Leuven


National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST)

Magne Mogstad


Statistics Norway; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

April 13, 2011


Abstract:     
Does internet use trigger sex crime? We use unique Norwegian data on crime and internet adoption to shed light on this question. A public program with limited funding rolled out broadband access points in 2000--2008, and provides plausibly exogenous variation in internet use. Our instrumental variables and fixed effect estimates show that internet use is associated with a substantial increase in reported incidences of rape and other sex crimes. We present a theoretical framework that highlights three mechanisms for how internet use may affect reported sex crime, namely a reporting effect, a matching effect on potential offenders and victims, and a direct effect on crime propensity. Our results indicate that the direct effect is non-negligible and positive, plausibly as a result of increased consumption of pornography.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Internet, broadband, instrumental variables, sex crimes, rape, pornography

JEL Classification: J13, H40, I28, D31

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: April 22, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Bhuller, Manudeep and Havnes, Tarjei and Leuven, Edwin and Mogstad, Magne, Broadband Internet: An Information Superhighway to Sex Crime? (April 13, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1813905 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1813905

Contact Information

Manudeep Bhuller
University of Chicago ( email )
Department of Economics
1126 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
773-702-0615 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/manudeepbhuller/
Tarjei Havnes (Contact Author)
University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 1095 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Norway
HOME PAGE: http://www.sv.uio.no/econ/english/people/aca/tarjeiha/index.html
Edwin Leuven
National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) ( email )
15 Boulevard Gabriel Peri
92245 Malakoff Cedex, 1 92245
France
Magne Mogstad
Statistics Norway ( email )
N-0033 Oslo
Norway
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 607
Downloads: 59
Download Rank: 63,837
Citations:  3

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.297 seconds