Can News Draw Blood? The Impact of Media Coverage on the Number and Severity of Terror Attacks
14 Pages Posted: 26 May 2016
Date Written: May 23, 2016
Using a new data set that captures the share of reporting on terrorism, we explore the nexus between terrorist attacks and the news. It turns out that terrorism mainly influences news reports through the number of incidents. Regarding the reverse causality, we provide evidence that the share of the news devoted to terrorism Granger-causes further terrorist activities. However, short-run and medium-run effects differ: in the short run media coverage on terror only has an impact on the severity of terror attacks, while it affects the number of terror attacks in the long haul. These observations are consistent with the idea of competition between terrorist groups.
Keywords: Terrorism, Media, News Reporting
JEL Classification: D74, B25
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