Independent Media, Propaganda, and Religiosity: Evidence from Poland

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (forthcoming)

133 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2021 Last revised: 4 Mar 2024

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Irena Grosfeld

Paris School of Economics

Etienne Madinier

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Seyhun Orcan Sakalli

University of Lausanne

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

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Date Written: June 9, 2021

Abstract

Exploring a drastic change in the media landscape in Poland, we show that mainstream media
can significantly affect religious participation. After the nationalist populist party PiS came to
power in 2015, news on state and private independent TV diverged due to propaganda on
state TV, resulting in a switch of some of its audience to independent TV. Municipalities
with access to independent TV continued to follow a long-term secularization trend, while
municipalities with access only to state TV experienced a reversal of this trend. An online
experiment sheds light on the mechanisms underlying the effect of exposure to independent
news on religiosity.

Keywords: Religion, Media, Propaganda, Populism, Catholic Church, Poland

JEL Classification: P00, Z12, L82

Suggested Citation

Grosfeld, Irena and Madinier, Etienne and Sakalli, Seyhun Orcan and Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina, Independent Media, Propaganda, and Religiosity: Evidence from Poland (June 9, 2021). American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (forthcoming) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3863387 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3863387

Irena Grosfeld

Paris School of Economics ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014
France

Etienne Madinier

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

Seyhun Orcan Sakalli

University of Lausanne ( email )

BFSH1
Lausanne, 1015
Switzerland

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya (Contact Author)

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

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