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Media Competition and Electoral Politics

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  • Piolatto, A.
  • Schuett, F.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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Abstract: We build a framework linking competition in the media market to political participation, media slant, and selection of politicians. Media outlets report on the ability of candidates running for office and compete for audience through their choice of slant. Citizens derive utility from following a rule that maximises their group's welfare. The rule speci fies whether to vote and consume news. Our results can reconcile seemingly contradictory empirical evidence showing that entry in the media market can either increase or decrease turnout. We also provide insights about the impact of competition on the most competent candidate's chance of election.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2013-072.

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Keywords: Demand for news; Electoral turnout; Group-rule utilitarianism; Media bias;

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