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Title: On the regional impact of broadband on productivity: the case of Brazil
Author: Jung, Juan
López-Bazo, Enrique
Keywords: Tecnologia de la informació
Productivitat
Sistemes de telecomunicació
Brasil
Information Technology
Productivity
Telecommunication Systems
Brazil
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona. Institut de Recerca en Economia Aplicada Regional i Pública
Abstract: This paper analyses the incidence of broadband on regional productivity in Brazil, intending to find out if the economic impact is uniform across all territories of the country. The possibility of performing a regional approach, instead of the usual country-level analysis, means an opportunity to disentangle the economic impact of broadband at territories which share a common institutional and regulatory framework as are the regions inside a country. Results suggest that the impact of broadband on productivity is positive although not uniform across regions. On the one hand, it seems to depend on connection quality and network effects. Faster download speed and critical-mass accounting for netwo rk externalities in the region enhance the economic impact of broadband. On the other hand, higher productivity gains are estimated for the less developed regions. The fact that the less productive regions in Brazil seem to be benefiting more from broadband may suggest that it can constitute a factor favoring regional convergence in the country.
Note: Reproducció del document publicat a: http://www.ub.edu/irea/working_papers/2017/201708.pdf
It is part of: IREA – Working Papers, 2017, IR17/08
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2445/112122
ISSN: 2014-1254
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