Learning to Surf: Spillovers in the Adoption of the Internet

Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Forthcoming.

28 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2010 Last revised: 6 Aug 2014

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Michael R. Ward

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics; ZEW, Mannheim

Date Written: October 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper develops an identification strategy to generate unbiased estimates of Internet usage spillovers using a unique data set of US households. I identify multiple potential sources of learning including those from the household’s locality, from educational Internet subsidies, and from universities. I find general support for all sources, but the locality and subsidy results are both more robust and larger. These findings have implications for policies to encourage Internet use as well as for identification strategies for the effects of the Internet on behavior.

Keywords: Internet, Learning, Spillovers

JEL Classification: L86, D83, D62

Suggested Citation

Ward, Michael Robert, Learning to Surf: Spillovers in the Adoption of the Internet (October 1, 2010). Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Forthcoming., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1619847

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