Does broadband internet affect fertility? / Francesco C. Billari (Bocconi University), Osea Giuntella (University of Pittsburgh and IZA), Luca Stella (Bocconi University and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserBillari, Francesco C. In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Giuntella, Osea In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Stella, Luca In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, August 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10935
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-137356 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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The spread of high-speed Internet epitomizes the digital revolution, affecting several aspects of our life. Using German panel data, we test whether the availability of broadband Internet influences fertility choices in a low-fertility setting, which is well-known for the difficulty to combine work and family life. We exploit a strategy devised by Falck et al. (2014) to obtain causal estimates of the impact of broadband on fertility. We find positive effects of high-speed Internet availability on the fertility of high-educated women aged 25 and above. Effects are not statistically significant both for men, low-educated women, and under 25. We also show that broadband access significantly increases the share of women reporting teleworking or part-time working. Furthermore, we find positive effects on time spent with children and overall life satisfaction. Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that high-speed Internet allows high-educated women to conciliate career and motherhood, which may promote fertility with a “digital divide”. At the same time, higher access to information on the risks and costs of early pregnancy and childbearing may explain the negative effects on younger adults.