• Computer Science
  • Published 2012

Does the Internet Reduce Corruption? and across Countries

  title={Does the Internet Reduce Corruption? and across Countries},
  author={Thomas Barnebeck Andersen and Jeanet Sinding Bentzen and C. J. Dalgaard and Pablo Selaya},
We test the hypothesis that the Internet is a useful technology for controlling corruption. In order to do so, we develop a novel identification strategy for Internet diffusion. Power disruptions damage digital equipment, which increases the user cost of IT capital, and thus lowers the speed of Internet diffusion. A natural phenomenon causing power disruptions is lightning activity, which makes lightning a viable instrument for Internet diffusion. Using ground-based lightning detection censors… CONTINUE READING

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