May 5, 2021

“This gig is not for women”: Gender stereotyping in online hiring

Authors: Hernan Galperin

This study examines gender segregation in the context of the so-called gig economy. In particular, it explores the role that stereotypes about male and female occupations play in sorting men and women into different jobs in an online freelance marketplace. The findings suggest that gender stereotypes are particularly salient in online hiring because employers typically contract for short-term, relatively low-value jobs based on limited information about job applicants. These conditions trigger the use of cognitive shortcuts about intrinsic gender characteristics linked to different skills and occupations…. Read More » ““This gig is not for women”: Gender stereotyping in online hiring”

May 5, 2021

CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Closing the Homework Gap in California

Authors: Stephen Aguilar, Hernan Galperin

Since 2008, the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has conducted a statewide
survey to assess California’s progress towards closing the divide in broadband connectivity across
the state. Over the years, the results have shown a steady increase in broadband adoption, though
the gains have been uneven across regions and groups. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic
and the transition to remote learning across California, there has been particular attention
to deficits in connectivity and device availability among K-12 families…. Read More » “CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Closing the Homework Gap in California”

May 5, 2021

CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Supporting Sustainability and Expanding Learning and Health Services through Broadband Investments

Authors: Hernan Galperin, François Bar, Dorian Traube, Thai Le

The COVID-10 pandemic has dramatically changed transit patterns and disrupted the delivery
of basic public goods such as education and health. At the same time, it has also brought to
the forefront new opportunities afforded by broadband-enabled applications in remote work,
telehealth and remote learning. As California emerges from the pandemic, it is important to
understand the potential for connectivity investments to reduce carbon emissions by facilitating
remote activities, which at the same time could promote equity by facilitating access to learning
and healthcare services…. Read More » “CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Supporting Sustainability and Expanding Learning and Health Services through Broadband Investments”

April 11, 2021

CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Internet Adoption and the Digital Divide in California

Authors: Dr. Hernan Galperin, Thai V. Le

INTERNET ADOPTION AND THE “DIGITAL DIVIDE” IN CALIFORNIA
The 2021 Statewide Survey on Broadband Adoption was conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC), led by Associate Professor Hernan Galperin, as part of a new research partnership between CETF and USC. The findings show that the share of California residents with Internet access at home continues to rise, with overall adoption surpassing the 90% mark for the first time. While this represents an important milestone for the state,… Read More » “CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Internet Adoption and the Digital Divide in California”

January 6, 2021

How far is California from high-speed broadband Internet for all?

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This study examines how far is California from the goal of making 100Mbps broadband available to all as laid out by Governor Gavin Newsom in August 2020. The study also discusses the broadband proposals (AB-14 and SB-4) currently before the CA legislature. Among the key study findings are:

The vast majority of Californians (94.2%) live in census blocks where residential broadband services with advertised speeds of at least 100/10Mbps are offered, though gaps persist in rural and low-income areas…. Read More » “How far is California from high-speed broadband Internet for all?”

April 30, 2020

Mapping the distance learning gap in CA

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This Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) report that examines the ability of K-12 students in California to engage in distance learning based on the availability of an internet-connected computer at home.

  Among the key report findings are:  

One in four K-12 households in California do not have a desktop or laptop computer and a high-speed Internet connection. This represents about 870,000 families whose child or children are likely to fall behind in educational attainment during the COVID-19 crisis…. Read More » “Mapping the distance learning gap in CA”

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 and the Distance Learning Gap

Authors: Hernan Galperin, Kurt Wyatt, Thai Le

As schools across the country transition to distance learning due to the COVID-19 crisis, a new CCIG report documents the extent of the distance learning gap in Los Angeles County. The distance learning gap refers to the gap between students living in households with high-speed Internet and a desktop or laptop computer, and those without these essential resources for effective distance learning. Among the key findings are:

about 1 in 4 families with school-age children in LA County lack the technology resources for distance learning…. Read More » “COVID-19 and the Distance Learning Gap”

October 8, 2019

Who Gets Access to Fast Broadband? Evidence from Los Angeles County 2014-17

Authors: Hernan Galperin, Thai Le, Kurt Daum

AbstractAs consolidation in the US residential broadband market continues, there is concern that that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are “cherry-picking” areas for upgrades to fast broadband services.  This policy brief examines this question for Los Angeles (LA) County during the 2014-17 period. In particular, it probes for evidence that ISPs are neglecting investments in low-income areas and communities of color. The analysis is based on the most recent deployment data available for fixed residential services collected by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in combination with demographic information from the American Community Survey (ACS).Read More » “Who Gets Access to Fast Broadband? Evidence from Los Angeles County 2014-17”

May 10, 2019

Geographic Discrimination in the Gig Economy

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Galperin, H., & Greppi, C. (2019). Geographic Discrimination in the Gig Economy. In Graham, M. (ed.), Digital Economies at Global Margins. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Abstract:
Online labor platforms were expected to flatten labor markets by reducing the importance of worker location and, as a result, promote employment and wage growth in developing countries based on cost differentials. We test these propositions using transactional data from Nubelo, a large online labor platform for Spanish-speaking employers/freelance workers. … Read More » “Geographic Discrimination in the Gig Economy”

October 17, 2018

Trends in Broadband Competition in Los Angeles County 2015-2016

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This policy brief analyzes trends in residential broadband coverage and competition in LA county. It is based on information about Internet availability and service speeds at the census block level collected by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for 2015-2016 (the most recent available). This information is combined with data from the American Community Survey (ACS) for the same period to shed light on the relation between broadband investments and community demographics.
Our findings show that broadband competition remained weak throughout LA County…. Read More » “Trends in Broadband Competition in Los Angeles County 2015-2016”