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 postlaunch. 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.
Zuo, George W.
"Wired and Hired: Employment Effects of Subsidized Broadband Internet for Low-Income Americans."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
Time Allocation and Labor Supply
Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
Information and Internet Services; Computer Software