The causal effect of watching TV on material aspirations: Evidence from the “valley of the innocent”
AbstractThe paper addresses the question of whether TV consumption has an impact on material aspirations. We exploit a natural experiment that took place during the period in which Germany was divided. Owing to geographical reasons TV programs from the Federal Republic of Germany could not be received in all parts of the German Democratic Republic. Therefore a natural variation occurred in exposure to West German television. We find robust evidence that watching TV is positively correlated with aspirations. Our identification strategy implies a causal relationship running from TV to aspirations. This conclusion resists various sets of alternative specifications and samples.
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Natural experiment; TV consumption; Material aspirations;
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- Walter Hyll & Lutz Schneider, 2012. "The Causal Effect of Watching TV on Material Aspirations: Evidence from the “Valley of the Innocent”," IWH Discussion Papers 8, Halle Institute for Economic Research.
- C26 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
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