National or Local? The Demand for News in Italy During Covid-19

25 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2020

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Stefano Castriota

University of Pisa

Marco Delmastro

Italian Communications Authority

Mirco Tonin

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano; IZA; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Abstract

Looking at TV news viewership in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic, we investigate whether demand for national and local news depends on national or local events. Exploiting the fact that epidemiological developments display a great deal of variation among the different regions, we find that demand for both national news and, more surprisingly, local news responds to the national epidemiological developments rather than to the local ones. This implies that local politicians have a further incentive to take preventive action.

Keywords: news, TV, COVID-19

JEL Classification: D12, L82

Suggested Citation

Castriota, Stefano and Delmastro, Marco and Tonin, Mirco, National or Local? The Demand for News in Italy During Covid-19. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13805, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3718185 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3718185

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