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The Internet and Hate Crime: Offline Spillovers from Online Access


Jason Chan


New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Anindya Ghose


New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Robert Seamans


New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

March 30, 2014

NET Institute Working Paper No. 13-02

Abstract:     
ICTs such as the Internet have had profound effects, both positive and negative, on many aspects of our lives and thereby on the society we live in. As the Internet’s use has expanded, the possibility of using this ICT for unlawful activity has grown as well. In this paper we investigate whether the Internet has affected the prevalence of racially-driven hate crime by giving extremists access to a broader set of potential audiences. In order to better understand the link, we study the extent to which broadband availability affected racial hate crimes in the U.S. from 2000–2008. We deploy a set of econometric techniques to account for biases that may be present in the estimations. After controlling for estimation biases, we find strong evidence across multiple specifications that Internet availability increases racial hate crimes. We also find that the results are stronger in areas with greater racial segregation and areas with greater levels of urbanization. Our analyses suggest that the Internet-induced increase in racial hate crime is not due to an increase in crime reporting levels facilitated by broadband growth. These results shed light on one of the many offline spillovers from increased online access.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: Internet, broadband, online-offline interaction, hate crime, race, econometrics, panel models

JEL Classification: L86, L96, H40, K42, C26

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Date posted: October 7, 2013 ; Last revised: October 14, 2014

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Chan, Jason and Ghose, Anindya and Seamans, Robert, The Internet and Hate Crime: Offline Spillovers from Online Access (March 30, 2014). NET Institute Working Paper No. 13-02 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2335637 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2335637

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Jason Chan (Contact Author)
New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )
44 West 4th Street Ste 8-185
New York, NY 10012
United States
HOME PAGE: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jchan/
Anindya Ghose
New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY NY 10012
United States

Robert Seamans
New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY NY 10012
United States
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