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Internet Access in Brazilian Households: Evaluating the Effect of an Economic Recession

The present article analyzes how the Brazilian recession in 2014 affected internet access at home using annual data between 2012 and 2017 from a large scale, rep-resentative household survey by the Regional Center for Studies for the Devel-opment of the Information Society (Cetic). Pooled OLS and Probit regression models show that the Brazilian recession had a substantial negative impact on In-ternet access. We find that, on average, the demand for internet access at home decreased 8% due to the deteriorated economic situation. The data also reveal that regions in which internet access was more widespread suffered a higher percent-age decline. Households with lower levels of income and schooling also experi-ence a stronger negative impact on internet access rates due to the crisis.

Florângela Cunha Coelho
Defensoria Pública da União

Thiago Christiano Silva
Universidade de São Paulo

Philipp Ehrl
Universidade Católica de Brasília


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