The Impact of Broadband Internet on Employment in France

20 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2018 Last revised: 5 Mar 2018

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Georges Vivien Houngbonon

World Bank; International Finance Corporation

Julienne Liang

France Telecom

Date Written: March 3, 2018

Abstract

The impact of broadband Internet on employment is ambiguous, but empirical evidence is still limited. In this paper, we exploit data on a massive adoption of broadband Internet in France to investigate the impact of broadband Internet on employment. Using a fuzzy difference-in-difference estimation strategy, we find that broadband Internet destroy jobs, although the unemployment rate seems not to be affected. This job destruction occurs in manufacturing activities, contrary to the service sector where broadband Internet adoption creates jobs. In addition, we find that raising the level of education in urban areas tends to alleviate the negative impact of broadband Internet on employment.

Keywords: Broadband Internet, Employment

JEL Classification: D31, L96, O15

Suggested Citation

Houngbonon, Georges Vivien and Liang, Julienne, The Impact of Broadband Internet on Employment in France (March 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3112182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3112182

Georges Vivien Houngbonon

World Bank ( email )

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International Finance Corporation ( email )

2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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Julienne Liang (Contact Author)

France Telecom ( email )

France

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