The Media and Public Agendas: Testing for Media Effects in Argentina During 2003-2008
Juan Carlos Cuestas Olivares
Nottingham Trent University
Universidad Católica de Córdoba; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Department of Economics
University of Palermo
October 8, 2009
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Business School, Economics Division, Working Paper 2010/5
In this paper we examine the presence of agenda-setting effects by the print media in Argentina from June 2003 to December 2008. Using previously unavailable monthly data on newspapers mentions we test two hypotheses about the relationship between the different agendas. We find support for the hypothesis that there were media effects during our period of analyisis. More specifically, we find that the total number of newspaper mentions of the President positively influenced public confidence in the government. Finally, there is also evidence of a strong and stable relationship between the total number of economic news and leading economic indicators.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: Agenda-setting, Public Opinion, Cointegration, Media Effects
JEL Classification: L82, E66
Date posted: November 26, 2010
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