Corpus ID: 2626548

The Arrival of Fast Internet and Skilled Job Creation in Africa ∗

@inproceedings{Hjort2016TheAO,
  title={The Arrival of Fast Internet and Skilled Job Creation in Africa ∗},
  author={Jonas Hjort and Nber Jonas Poulsen},
  year={2016}
}
This paper provides evidence on how the expansion of fast Internet along its current frontier in developing countries affects job creation. We exploit the gradual arrival in African coastal cities of submarine Internet cables from Europe and maps of the continent’s terrestrial cable network that connects those cities with users. Robust difference-in-differences estimates from four datasets covering 14 countries show large positive effects on employment rates. A decrease in unskilled jobs is… Expand
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