Ideological Segregation Online and Offline

46 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2010 Last revised: 2 Dec 2015

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Matthew Gentzkow

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jesse M. Shapiro

Brown University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: April 2010

Abstract

We use individual and aggregate data to ask how the Internet is changing the ideological segregation of the American electorate. Focusing on online news consumption, offline news consumption, and face-to-face social interactions, we define ideological segregation in each domain using standard indices from the literature on racial segregation. We find that ideological segregation of online news consumption is low in absolute terms, higher than the segregation of most offline news consumption, and significantly lower than the segregation of face-to-face interactions with neighbors, co-workers, or family members. We find no evidence that the Internet is becoming more segregated over time.

Suggested Citation

Gentzkow, Matthew Aaron and Shapiro, Jesse M., Ideological Segregation Online and Offline (April 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15916. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1590745

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