Meet the Press: How Voters and Politicians Respond to Newspaper Entry and Exit

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming)

37 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2013 Last revised: 5 Nov 2013

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Francesco Drago

University of Messina, CSEF & CEPR

Tommaso Nannicini

Bocconi University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Francesco Sobbrio

Luiss Guido Carli University; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

This paper uses an original dataset covering the presence of local news in medium-large Italian cities in the period 1993-2010 to evaluate the effects of newspaper entry and exit on electoral participation, political selection, and government efficiency. Exploiting discrete changes in the number of newspapers, we show that newspaper entry increases turnout in municipal elections, the probability of the incumbent mayor being reelected, and the efficiency of the municipal government. We do not find any effect on the selection of politicians. Competition plays a relevant role, as the effects are not limited to the first newspaper entry.

Keywords: Newspapers, Media Competition, Turnout, Political Selection, Accountability

JEL Classification: L82, D72, H70

Suggested Citation

Drago, Francesco and Nannicini, Tommaso and Sobbrio, Francesco, Meet the Press: How Voters and Politicians Respond to Newspaper Entry and Exit (September 2013). American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205638 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2205638

Francesco Drago

University of Messina, CSEF & CEPR ( email )

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Tommaso Nannicini

Bocconi University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Francesco Sobbrio (Contact Author)

Luiss Guido Carli University ( email )

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