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Broadband Internet: An Information Superhighway to Sex Crime?


Manudeep Bhuller


Statistics Norway

Tarjei Havnes


University of Oslo - Department of Economics

Edwin Leuven


University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Magne Mogstad


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

July 8, 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 sex crime propensity. Our results suggest that the direct effect is non-negligible and positive, possibly as a result of increased consumption of pornography.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: Broadband internet, sex crime, rape, pornography

JEL Classification: K42, H40, L96, C26

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Date posted: July 8, 2011  

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Bhuller, Manudeep and Havnes, Tarjei and Leuven, Edwin and Mogstad, Magne, Broadband Internet: An Information Superhighway to Sex Crime? (July 8, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1881507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1881507

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Manudeep Bhuller
Statistics Norway ( email )
N-0033 Oslo
Norway
Tarjei Havnes (Contact Author)
University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 1095 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Norway
Edwin Leuven
University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )
Roetersstraat 11
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands
+31 20 525 5241 (Phone)
+31 20 525 4310 (Fax)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Magne Mogstad
Statistics Norway ( email )
N-0033 Oslo
Norway
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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