Kyklos, 63 (1), 123 - 133
33 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2009 Last revised: 14 Jan 2013
Date Written: November 12, 2008
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 25 percent of their media freedom from neighboring countries. Our results are robust to alternative specifications and measures of press freedom.
Keywords: Media Freedom, Contagion, Domino Effect
JEL Classification: C2, L82, O12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Sobel, Russell S. and Dutta, Nabamita and Roy, Sanjukta, Beyond Borders: Is Media Freedom Contagious? (November 12, 2008). Kyklos, 63 (1), 123 - 133. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1341779 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1341779