Low-Income Demand for Local Telephone Service: Effects of Lifeline and Linkup

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Daniel Ackerberg ; Michael Riordan ; Gregory Rosston ; Bradley Wimmer (2009)
  • Subject: telephone subsidies, low-income telephone usuers | telephone service, low-income, lifeline, linkup
    • jel: jel:H54 | jel:H53 | jel:H20 | jel:O30

A comprehensive data set on local telephone service prices is used to evaluate the effect of Lifeline and Linkup programs on the telephone penetration rates of low-income households in the United States. Lifeline and Linkup programs respectively subsidize the monthly su... View more
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