Want to Work More Hours? Get Broadband.

by Guest Contributor on July 4, 2012

There is an old joke among people from the Caribbean: If you are only working one job, you’re lazy. If you have two jobs, you’re average. Ideally, you want three.

With economic growth chugging along at just below two percent, and unemployment for Black and Hispanic Americans exceeding the national average, the old joke isn’t funny. Technology it seems could bring some relief to unemployed workers.

In a report recently released by cable giant Time Warner, Internet access, and particularly broadband access, may provide an avenue for primary employment, an additional job, or additional work hours. In the report, Time Warner found that:

“Taken together, these results suggest that individuals with Internet at home are more likely to work, to work longer hours and to do a larger amount and share of work from home than are similar individuals who do not have home Internet. High-speed Internet increases the magnitude of these effects. In addition, we document that the association between home Internet and these labor-supply measures has increased dramatically over time and varies with metropolitan status, educational attainment and race. In particular, having Internet at home is associated with larger increases in employment and hours worked among women in rural areas, less-educated men and women and black men and women.”

Time Warner found that women with Internet access at home were six percent more likely to work than women who did not Internet access at home. In addition, women with broadband access at home enjoyed a ten percent likelihood of working versus women with no access at home to the Internet.

Men with Internet access at home were five percent likely to work versus men that did not have Internet access at home. Men that had broadband at home were nine percent likely to work versus men with no Internet access at home.

Women with dial-up Internet worked 1.7 hours more hours per week than their counterparts without any Internet access at home. For women that have broadband access, they worked 2.8 hours more each week than women without Internet access at home.

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