Wired and Hired: Employment Effects of Subsidized Broadband Internet for Low-Income Americans
George W. Zuo
- American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (Forthcoming)
I present evidence on the relationship between broadband pricing
and labor market outcomes for low-income individuals. Specifically, I estimate the effects of a Comcast service providing discounted broadband to qualifying low-income families. I use a triple
differences strategy exploiting geographic variation in Comcast coverage, individual variation in eligibility, and temporal variation
pre- and post-launch. Local program availability increased employment rates and earnings of eligible individuals, driven by greater labor force participation and decreased probability of unemployment.
Internet use increased substantially where the program was available.
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