The Media and Public Agendas: Testing for Media Effects in Argentina During 2003-2008

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Business School, Economics Division, Working Paper 2010/5

12 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2010  

Juan Carlos Cuestas Olivares

Nottingham Trent University

Sebastian Freille

Universidad Católica de Córdoba; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Department of Economics

Patricio O'Gorman

University of Palermo

Date Written: October 8, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Agenda-setting, Public Opinion, Cointegration, Media Effects

JEL Classification: L82, E66

Suggested Citation

Cuestas Olivares, Juan Carlos and Freille, Sebastian and O'Gorman, Patricio, The Media and Public Agendas: Testing for Media Effects in Argentina During 2003-2008 (October 8, 2009). Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Business School, Economics Division, Working Paper 2010/5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1714034 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1714034

Juan Carlos Cuestas Olivares

Nottingham Trent University ( email )

Burton Street
Nottingham NG1 4BU, NG1 4LN
United Kingdom

Sebastian Freille (Contact Author)

Universidad Católica de Córdoba ( email )

Av. Armada Argentina 3550
Córdoba, AR Córdoba 5010
Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Department of Economics

Avenida Valparaiso s / n
Ciudad Universitaria
Córdoba
Argentina

Patricio O'Gorman

University of Palermo ( email )

Buenos Aires
Argentina

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