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Project Citation: 

Hjort, Jonas, and Poulsen, Jonas. Replication data for: The Arrival of Fast Internet and Employment in Africa. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2019. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary To show how fast Internet affects employment in Africa, we exploit the gradual arrival of submarine Internet cables on the coast and maps of the terrestrial cable network. Robust difference-in-differences estimates from 3 datasets, covering 12 countries, show large positive effects on employment rates—also for less educated worker groups—with little or no job displacement across space. The sample-wide impact is driven by increased employment in higher-skill occupations, but less-educated workers' employment gain less so. Firm-level data available for some countries indicate that increased firm entry, productivity, and exporting contribute to higher net job creation. Average incomes rise.

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JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      F14 Empirical Studies of Trade
      J23 Labor Demand
      J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
      J63 Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
      L86 Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
      O15 Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
      O33 Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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