Do digital information technologies help unemployed job seekers find a job? Evidence from the broadband internet expansion in Germany

Nicole Gurtzgen*, Andre Diegmann (ne Nolte), Laura Pohlan, Gerard J. van den Berg

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Abstract

This paper studies effects of the introduction of a new digital mass medium on reemployment of unemployed job seekers. We combine data on broadband internet availability at the local level with German individual register data. We address endogeneity by exploiting technological peculiarities that affected the roll-out of broadband internet. Results show that broadband internet improves reemployment rates after the first months in unemployment for males. Complementary analyses with survey data suggest that internet access mainly changes male job seekers' search behavior by increasing online search and the number of job applications. (C) 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103657
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Volume132
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2021

Keywords

  • Unemployment
  • Online job search
  • Information frictions
  • Matching technology
  • Search channels

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