Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150937
Authors: 
Bauernschuster, Stefan
Falck, Oliver
Wößmann, Ludger
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 392
Abstract: 
Does the Internet undermine social capital or facilitate inter-personal and civic engagement in the real world? Merging unique telecommunication data with geo-coded German individual-level data, we investigate how broadband Internet affects several dimensions of social capital. One identification strategy uses panel information to estimate value-added models. A second exploits a quasi-experiment in East Germany created by a mistaken technology choice of the state-owned telecommunication provider in the 1990s that still hinders broadband Internet access for many households. We find no evidence that the Internet reduces social capital. For some measuresincluding children's social activities, we even find significant positive effects.
Subjects: 
Internet
social capital
JEL: 
Z13
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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