Local Economic Impacts of Investments in Community Technology Centers: An Empirical Investigation

  • Krishna Jayakar Penn State University
  • Jenna Grzeslo Penn State University
Keywords: CTCs, Community Economic Development

Abstract

Although community technology centers (CTCs) provide a host of services that may have economic consequences, few studies have attempted to empirically assess the impact of CTCs on local communities. Controlling for broadband availability and demographics, this study found that there is a small but positive and significant impact of CTC quality on median household income, at the county level. In addition to bridging the digital divide for disadvantaged populations, our research shows that there are also quantifiable economic benefits from CTC investments.

Author Biographies

Krishna Jayakar, Penn State University

Dr. Krishna Jayakar is an associate professor in telecommunications at Penn State University, University Park, PA. Email: kpj1@psu.edu

Jenna Grzeslo, Penn State University

Jenna Grzeslo is a PhD. Candidate in telecommunications at Penn State University, University Park, PA. Email: jmg61@psu.edu

Published
2017-04-08
How to Cite
Jayakar, K., & Grzeslo, J. (2017). Local Economic Impacts of Investments in Community Technology Centers: An Empirical Investigation. The Journal of Community Informatics, 13(1). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/1304
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Articles