Newspaper Circulation and Local Government Efficiency
University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Department of Economics
University of Goettingen (Gottingen)
Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 113, Issue 2, pp. 470-492, 2011
In this paper, we examine the role of the newspaper market for a key aspect of political accountability: the efficient use of public funds by elected politicians. Newspapers are a major provider of the political information voters use to monitor their elected officials, especially at the local level. Thus, the incentives for politicians to reduce budgetary slack should be stronger in jurisdictions where the electorate is well informed by newspapers. Using panel data on the circulation of some 150 newspapers in Norwegian municipalities, we show that increases in local newspaper circulation are associated with higher levels of local government efficiency.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: Media, accountability, Norway, D72, H72, L82
Date posted: May 24, 2011