NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2010||File Sharing and Copyright|
with Koleman Strumpf
in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 10, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
|June 2006||Media Markets and Localism: Does Local News en Español Boost Hispanic Voter Turnout?|
with Joel Waldfogel: w12317
Since the dawn of broadcasting, and especially in the past decade, Americans have turned their attention from local to more distant sources of news and entertainment. While the integration of media markets will raise the private welfare of many consumers, a globalized information and entertainment industry can undermine civic engagement, transforming locally engaged citizens into viewers consuming programming from distant sources. In response to such concerns, many regulatory agencies, including the Federal Communication Commission in the United States, curtail the integration of media markets to promote %u201Clocalism.%u201D Determining the right balance between the private benefits of integrated markets and the public value of civic engagement requires evidence on the size of the positiv...
Published: Felix Oberholzer-Gee & Joel Waldfogel, 2009.
"Media Markets and Localism: Does Local News en Espanol Boost Hispanic Voter Turnout?,"
American Economic Review,
American Economic Association, vol. 99(5), pages 2120-28, December.
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|June 2003||Social Learning and Coordination in High-Stakes Games: Evidence from Friend or Foe|
with Joel Waldfogel, Matthew White: w9805
We analyze the behavior of game-show contestants who play a one-shot game called Friend or Foe. While it is a weakly dominant strategy not to cooperate, almost half the contestants on the show choose to play friend.' Remarkably, the behavior of contestants remains unchanged even when stakes are very high, ranging from $200 to more than $10,000. We conclude that the frequent cooperation observed in one-shot social dilemma games is not an artefact of the low stakes typically used in laboratory experiments. Strategic decisions on Friend or Foe change markedly if players can observe previous episodes. We show that these contestants play friend' if they have reason to expect their opponent to play friend,' and they play foe' otherwise. The observed decisions are consistent with recent fairn...
|April 2001||Electoral Acceleration: The Effect of Minority Population on Minority Voter Turnout|
with Joel Waldfogel: w8252
Political outcomes are well understood to depend on the spatial distribution of citizen preferences. In this paper, we document that the same holds for the individual decision to be politically active. Using both cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence on turnout, we show that citizens are more likely to vote if they live in a jurisdiction with a larger number of persons sharing similar political preferences. As a result, changes in the identity of a district's median citizen lead to even larger changes in the identity of its median voter, a phenomenon we term electoral acceleration. We present evidence that electoral acceleration is in part due to the structure of media markets. Candidates find it easier to direct campaign efforts at larger groups because many existing media outlets cat...
Published: Oberholzer-Gee, Felix and Joel Waldfogel. “Strength in Numbers: Group Size and Political Mobilization.” Journal of Law & Economics (October 2005).