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The Arrival of Fast Internet and Skilled Job Creation in Africa

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- Digital Literacy And Skills
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Author(s): Jonas Hjort & Jonas Poulsen

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. n. We find an increase in (i) workers and skilled positions per firm, firm level productivity, and the productivity of workers in skilled positions in existing Ethiopian manufacturing firms, (ii) firm entry in South Africa in the sectors that hire workers in the occupations that see growth when fast Internet becomes available, and (iii) workers in skilled positions, exports, and use of websites among firms in seven countri


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