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(Mar. 20) Residential Broadband Deployment and Regional Employment in China

Last updated :2019-03-19

Topic: Residential Broadband Deployment and Regional Employment in China
Speaker: Dr. WANG Qing
(Peking University)
Time: 9:00-11:30 am, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Venue: 917 Lecture Room, International School of Business & Finance, Administration Building, Zhuhai Campus, SYSU

Abstract:
Information Communication Technology (ICT) plays an irreplaceable role in all aspects of human life and social production as a general purpose technology. High-speed broadband networks have become a research focus in recent years because of the continuous development of ICT. The literature has mainly studied the economic impact of ICT in developed countries; thus, the practice of broadband in developing countries has been overlooked. This paper fills the gap by exploiting a broadband development program in China. The difference-in-differences estimates show that the deployment of high quality broadband promotes regional employment, especially employment in the skilled service sector. The positive effect is larger in cities with a greater number of educated residents. We also find broadband development stimulates innovation. These findings imply that broadband promotes the upgrading of China’s industrial structure and provides new impetus to its economic transition by shifting the labor force from the secondary to tertiary industry.