Employment Effects of Subsidized Broadband Internet for Low-Income Americans
This research presents evidence on the relationship between broadband pricing and labor market outcomes for low-income individuals. Specifically, it estimates the effects of a Comcast service providing discounted broadband to qualifying low-income families. Author George Zuo uses a triple differences strategy exploiting geographic variation in Comcast coverage, individual variation in eligibility, and temporal variation pre-and post-launch. Local program availability increased employment rates and earnings of eligible individuals, driven by greater labor force participation and decreased probability of unemployment. Internet use increased substantially where the program was available.
Wired and Hired: Employment Effects of Subsidized Broadband Internet for Low-Income Americans