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|March 2008||Press Coverage and Political Accountability|
with James M. Snyder, Jr.: w13878
In this paper we estimate the impact of press coverage on citizen knowledge, politicians' actions, and policy. We find that a poor fit between newspaper markets and political districts reduces press coverage of politics. We use variation in this fit due to redistricting to identify the effects of reduced coverage. Exploring the links in the causal chain of media effects -- voter information, politicians' actions and policy -- we find statistically significant and substantively important effects. Voters living in areas with less coverage of their U.S. House representative are less likely to recall their representative's name, and less able to describe and rate them. Congressmen who are less covered by the local press work less for their constituencies: they are less likely to stand witness ...
Published: James M. Snyder & David Strömberg, 2010.
"Press Coverage and Political Accountability,"
Journal of Political Economy,
University of Chicago Press, vol. 118(2), pages 355-408, 04.
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