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Beyond Borders: Is Media Freedom Contagious?


Russell S. Sobel


The Citadel - School of Business Administration

Nabamita Dutta


University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Sanjukta Roy


World Bank Institute


Kyklos, Vol. 63, Issue 1, pp. 133-143, February 2010

Abstract:     
Previous literature stresses the importance of free media for economic development. By its nature TV, radio, and newspapers cross borders, allowing citizens to easily sample media from neighboring countries. This creates pressure for domestic reform and spreads media freedom between countries. Using spatial econometric techniques, and a sample of 102 countries, we test for the presence of geographic spillovers in media freedom. We find that a country's level of media freedom significantly depends on its neighbors. Countries ‘catch’ approximately 20 percent of their media freedom from neighboring countries. Our results are robust to alternative specifications and measures of press freedom.

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Date posted: January 18, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Sobel, Russell S. and Dutta, Nabamita and Roy, Sanjukta, Beyond Borders: Is Media Freedom Contagious?. Kyklos, Vol. 63, Issue 1, pp. 133-143, February 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1536228 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6435.2010.00463.x

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Russell S. Sobel (Contact Author)
The Citadel - School of Business Administration ( email )
Charleston, SC 29409
United States
Nabamita Dutta
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse ( email )
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
United States
Sanjukta Roy
World Bank Institute ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
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