Real Estate Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

7-2004

Publication Source

Journal of Urban Economics

Volume

56

Issue

1

Start Page

1

Last Page

24

DOI

10.1016/j.jue.2004.04.001

Abstract

We study the tendency to connect to the Internet and the online and offline shopping behavior of connected persons. We document that larger markets have more locally-targeted online content and that individuals are more likely to connect in markets with more local online content, suggesting the Internet is a complement to cities. Yet, holding local online content constant, people are less likely to connect in larger markets, indicating that the Internet is also a substitute for cities. Finally, we find that individuals connect to overcome local isolation, in the form of racial isolation or distance to retail stores.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© 2004. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.