The Faster, the Better? The Impact of Internet Speed on Employment

20 Pages Posted: 2 May 2016 Last revised: 15 Aug 2016

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Yang Bai

Pennsylvania State University, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Students

Date Written: April 29, 2016

Abstract

Does faster broadband generate more economic benefits than normal-speed broadband? This study examines the differential economic impacts of broadband of different speeds. Utilizing the broadband availability and speed data from the National Broadband Map, a first-differenced regression analysis was conducted to investigate if faster broadband more effectively boosts the employment. The analysis shows a positive relationship between broadband availability and county-level employment. However, compared to normal-speed broadband, faster broadband did not generate greater positive effects on employment.

Note: Supervised by Dr. Krishna Jayakar, Associate Professor, Penn State University

Keywords: Broadband, Connection Speed, Employment, Panel Data

Suggested Citation

Bai, Yang, The Faster, the Better? The Impact of Internet Speed on Employment (April 29, 2016). TPRC 44: The 44th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2772691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2772691

Yang Bai (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Students ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

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