Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/179938
Authors: 
Gürtzgen, Nicole
Nolte, André
Pohlan, Laura
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 18-030
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.
Subjects: 
unemployment
online job search
information frictions
matching technology
search channels
JEL: 
J64
K42
H40
L96
C26
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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