(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Does rural broadband impact jobs and income? Evidence from spatial and first-differenced regressions

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WHITACRE B. (1) ; GALLARDO R. (2) ; STROVER S. (3) ;
(1) Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Mississippi State Univ., Starkville, ETATS-UNIS
(3) Univ. of Texas, Austin, ETATS-UNIS


The relationships between broadband adoption/availability and jobs/income in rural areas are analyzed after controlling for a host of potentially influential variables such as age, race, educational attainment, transportation infrastructure, and the presence of natural amenities. Results from spatial error models using 2011 data provide evidence that high levels of broadband adoption in non-metro counties are positively related to the number of firms and total employees in those counties. The first-differenced regressions use data from 2008 and 2011 to suggest that increases in broadband adoption levels are associated with increases in median household income and the percentage of non-farm proprietors in non-metro counties. Interestingly, simply obtaining increases in broadband availability (not adoption) over this time has no statistical impact on either jobs or income


Article of periodic

published at : The Annals of regional science / ISSN 0570-1864

Editor : Springer, Berlin - ALLEMAGNE (1967)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 53, no3 [pp. 649-670]

Bibliographic references : 45 ref.



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