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Title:Broadband internet: An information superhighway to sex crime? PDF Logo
Authors:Bhuller, Manudeep
Havnes, Tarjei
Leuven, Edwin
Mogstad, Magne
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5675
Abstract:Does internet use trigger sex crime? We use unique Norwegian data on crime and internet adoption to shed light on this question. A public program with limited funding rolled out broadband access points in 2000-2008, and provides plausibly exogenous variation in internet use. Our instrumental variables and fixed effect estimates show that internet use is associated with a substantial increase in reported incidences of rape and other sex crimes. We present a theoretical framework that highlights three mechanisms for how internet use may affect reported sex crime, namely a reporting effect, a matching effect on potential offenders and victims, and a direct effect on crime propensity. Our results indicate that the direct effect is non-negligible and positive, plausibly as a result of increased consumption of pornography.
Subjects:internet
broadband
instrumental variables
sex crimes
rape
pornography
JEL:J13
H40
I28
D31
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201105173117
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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