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Cross-Border Media and Nationalism: Evidence from Serbian Radio in Croatia


Stefano DellaVigna


University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ruben Enikolopov


Institute for Political Economy and Governance; Universitat Pompeu Fabra; New Economic School

Vera Mironova


University of Maryland

Maria Petrova


Institute for Political Economy and Governance, Barcelona; Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE); New Economic School (NES)

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya


Paris School of Economics; New Economic School

August 13, 2013


Abstract:     
How do nationalistic media affect animosity between ethnic groups? We consider one of Europe’s deadliest conflicts since WWII: the Serbo-Croatian conflict. We show that, after a decade of peace, cross-border nationalistic Serbian radio triggers ethnic hatred towards Serbs in Croatia. Mostly attracted by non-political content, many Croats listen to Serbian public radio (intended for Serbs in Serbia) whenever signal is available. As a result, the vote for extreme nationalist parties is higher, and ethnically offensive graffiti are more common, in Croatian villages with Serbian radio reception. A laboratory experiment confirms that Serbian radio exposure causes anti-Serbian sentiment among Croats.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: mass media, persuasion, voting, nationalism, conflict

JEL Classification: J0, D0, H0, D74

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Date posted: April 19, 2011 ; Last revised: August 14, 2013

Suggested Citation

DellaVigna, Stefano and Enikolopov, Ruben and Mironova, Vera and Petrova, Maria and Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina, Cross-Border Media and Nationalism: Evidence from Serbian Radio in Croatia (August 13, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1808990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1808990

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Stefano DellaVigna
University of California, Berkeley ( email )
Economics Department
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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Ruben Enikolopov (Contact Author)
Institute for Political Economy and Governance ( email )
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
Spain
Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain
New Economic School ( email )
47 Nakhimovsky Prospekt
Moscow, 117418
Russia
Vera Mironova
University of Maryland ( email )
College Park, MD 20742
United States
Maria Petrova
Institute for Political Economy and Governance, Barcelona ( email )
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
Spain
Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE) ( email )
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, Barcelona 08005
Spain
New Economic School (NES) ( email )
47 Nakhimovsky Prospekt
Moscow, 117418
Russia
Ekaterina V. Zhuravskaya
Paris School of Economics ( email )
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France
New Economic School ( email )
47 Nakhimovsky Prospekt
Moscow, 117418
Russia
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