Mind What Your Voters Read: Media Exposure and International Economic Policy Making

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Giovanni Facchini

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

Tommaso Frattini

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); University of Milan - Department of Economics, Business and Statistics

Cora Signorotto

University of Milan

Date Written: October 2013

Abstract

We investigate the role of constituents’ preferences in shaping the voting behavior of elected representatives on immigration and trade policy. Using a novel dataset spanning the period 1986-2004, in which we match individual opinion surveys with congressmen roll call votes, we find that greater exposure to media coverage tends to increase a politician’s accountability when it comes to migration policy making, while we find no effect for trade policy. Our results thus suggest that more information on the behavior of elected officials affects decisions only when the policy issue is perceived to be salient by the electorate.

Keywords: Trade Reforms, Immigration Reforms, Individual preferences, Media exposure

JEL Classification: F22, J61

Suggested Citation

Facchini, Giovanni and Frattini, Tommaso and Signorotto, Cora, Mind What Your Voters Read: Media Exposure and International Economic Policy Making (October 2013). Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano Development Studies Working Paper No. 358, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399032 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2399032

Giovanni Facchini

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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Tommaso Frattini (Contact Author)

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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University of Milan - Department of Economics, Business and Statistics ( email )

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Cora Signorotto

University of Milan ( email )

Via Festa del Perdono, 7
Milan, 20122
Italy

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