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Where Do People Get Their News?

46 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2017 Last revised: 14 Jul 2017

Patrick Kennedy

Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Andrea Prat

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

Date Written: June 26, 2017

Abstract

The media industry is unique in its ability to spread information that may influence the democratic process. This influence depends on where and how citizens get their political information. While previous research has examined news production and consumption on specific media platforms - such as newspapers, television, or the Internet - little is known about overall news consumption across platforms. To fill this gap, we use a model of media power and individual-level survey data on news consumption to estimate the potential electoral influence of major news organizations in 18 countries. Our analysis highlights three global patterns: high levels of concentration in media power, dominant rankings by television companies, and a link between socioeconomic inequality and information inequality. We also explore international differences in the role of public-service broadcasting.

Keywords: media concentration, media power, political economy of mass media, media capture

Suggested Citation

Kennedy, Patrick and Prat, Andrea, Where Do People Get Their News? (June 26, 2017). Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 17-65. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989719

Patrick Kennedy

Columbia University - Columbia Business School ( email )

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Andrea Prat (Contact Author)

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

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