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Volume 14, Issue 4


The Economic Impacts of Broadband Internet: A Survey

Irene Bertschek
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  • ZEW Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, Germany
  • MaCCI Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation, Mannheim, Germany
  • University of Mannheim, Germany
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Published Online: 2016-12-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/rne-2016-0032


We provide a structured overview of the quantitative research on the economic impacts of broadband internet. Differentiating between wireline and wireless technologies as well as broadband availability and broadband adoption, respectively, we review studies investigating the impacts on economic growth, employment and regional development as well as productivity and firm performance. Eventually, the survey does not only allow the identification of main research gaps but also provides useful information for policy makers on the significance and importance of communication networks for social welfare.

Keywords: broadband; economic growth; employment; productivity; regional development


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Published Online: 2016-12-28

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Citation Information: Review of Network Economics, Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 201–227, ISSN (Online) 1446-9022, ISSN (Print) 2194-5993, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/rne-2016-0032.

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