The Political Economy of the Media: Coverage of the Lumber Tariff Dispute

13 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Pat Kuzyk

Washington State University - Department of Economics

Jill J. McCluskey

Washington State University

Abstract

The political economy of groups suggest that policies are more likely to be implemented if the benefits are concentrated and the costs are dispersed. The importance of the role of media in society changes the classic models. Media can awaken the sleeping masses to the dispersed costs of a policy and raise resentment towards the group who benefits. Thus, the content of media coverage can affect policy. Stromberg's (2001) model shows that the amount of newspaper space devoted to an issue should rise as the square of the number of people affected. This paper finds empirical support for Stromberg's theoretical findings with content analysis of newspaper coverage of the lumber tariff dispute.

Suggested Citation

Kuzyk, Pat and McCluskey, Jill, The Political Economy of the Media: Coverage of the Lumber Tariff Dispute. The World Economy, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 655-667, May 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=896831 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9701.2006.00805.x

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Jill McCluskey

Washington State University ( email )

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