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The Impact of the Internet on Information Searching and Demand for Traditional Information Resources

Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research Working Paper No. 2011-005

31 Pages Posted: 31 May 2011  

Anton Bekkerman

Montana State University - Bozeman

Gregory Gilpin

Montana State University - Bozeman

Date Written: May 19, 2011

Abstract

The Internet is an efficient information search tool whose growth may have caused a structural change in information search and acquisition behaviors. This study investigates the effects of growing Internet accessibility on these behaviors. Using U.S. public library circulation counts to quantify changes in the use of information resources, the analysis indicates that greater Internet accessibility contributes to increased demand for traditional information sources. That is, a complementary relationship exists between Internet and traditional sources. Further, the results suggest that limiting Internet access can reduce the demand for traditional content. These outcomes imply that improvements in Internet accessibility can have profound effects on human capital development.

Keywords: circulated materials, high-speed Internet access, Internet use, ME-GMM, public libraries, information search behavior

JEL Classification: H52, L86, C33, L31

Suggested Citation

Bekkerman, Anton and Gilpin, Gregory, The Impact of the Internet on Information Searching and Demand for Traditional Information Resources (May 19, 2011). Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research Working Paper No. 2011-005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1856056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1856056

Anton Bekkerman

Montana State University - Bozeman ( email )

Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States
406-994-3032 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.montana.edu/bekkerman

Gregory Gilpin (Contact Author)

Montana State University - Bozeman ( email )

Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States
406 551 4887 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.montana.edu/econ/gilpin

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