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


Gürtzgen, Nicole ; Nolte, André ; Pohlan, Laura ; Berg, Gerard J. van den


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/46500
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-465001
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 18-030
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: J64 , K42 , H40 , L96 , C26,
Keywords (English): Unemployment , online job search , information frictions , matching technology , search channels
Abstract: This paper studies effects of the introduction of a new digital mass medium on reemployment of unemployed job seekers. We combine data on high-speed (broadband) internet availability at the local level with individual register data on the unemployed in Germany. We address endogeneity by exploiting technological peculiarities in the network that affected the roll-out of high-speed internet. The results show that high-speed internet improves reemployment rates after the first months of the unemployment spell. This is confirmed by complementary analysis with individual survey data suggesting that online job search leads to additional formal job interviews after a few months in unemployment.

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Gürtzgen, Nicole ; Nolte, André ; Pohlan, Laura ; Berg, Gerard J. van den (2018) Do digital information technologies help unemployed job seekers find a job? Evidence from the broadband internet expansion in Germany. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 18-030 [Working paper]
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