How broadband internet affects labor market matching / Manudeep Bhuller (University of Oslo, Statistics Norway, IZA and CESifo), Andreas R. Kostøl (Arizona State University, Statistics Norway and IZA), Trond C. Vigtel (University of Oslo, Frisch Centre for Economic Research and Statistics Norway) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserBhuller, Manudeep ; Kostøl, Andreas Ravndal ; Vigtel, Trond C.
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2020
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12895
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How the internet affects job matching is not well understood due to a lack of data on job vacancies and quasi-experimental variation in internet use. This paper helps fill this gap using plausibly exogenous roll-out of broadband infrastructure in Norway, and comprehensive data on recruiters, vacancies and job seekers. We document that broadband expansions increased online vacancy-postings and lowered the average duration of a vacancy and the share of establishments with unfilled vacancies. These changes led to higher job-finding rates and starting wages and more stable employment relationships after an unemployment-spell. Consequently, our calculations suggest that the steady-state unemployment rate fell by as much as one-fifth.