Access to broadband internet and labour force outcomes: a case study of the Western Downs Region, Queensland

Alam, Khorshed and Mamun, Shamsul Arifeen Khan (2017) Access to broadband internet and labour force outcomes: a case study of the Western Downs Region, Queensland. Telematics and Informatics, 34 (4). pp. 73-84.

Abstract

This paper examines the causal effect of household access to broadband Internet on individuals’ labour market outcomes in an Australian rural and regional context. This study uses the survey data of 391 households randomly selected from the Western Downs Region of Queensland, Australia, and employs the propensity score matching technique to make causal inferences. This study also controls selection bias issues – an aspect which has been overlooked in previous studies. This study found that the causal effect of household access to broadband Internet on individuals’ labour force outcomes is not statistically significant. This finding can add value to our knowledge of the causal relationship between broadband access and labour force participation. As the rollout of a high-speed broadband network in rural and regional Australia is currently underway, the finding can be considered a benchmark for subsequent assessment of the effects of such infrastructure development on socio-economic outcomes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 1 August 2018 (12 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 05:32
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 05:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: broadband, labour force outcome, propensity score matching, selection bias, regional Australia
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140301 Cross-Sectional Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2016.12.011
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30343

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