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Who trusts Berlusconi? An econometric analysis of the role of television in the political arena

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  • Fabio Sabatini

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This paper contributes to the literature by carrying out the first econometric investigation into the role of television in the formation of political consensus in Italy. Based on probit and instrumental variables estimates, we find trust in television to be the most significant predictor of trust in the Italian prime minister. The latter is also strongly and negatively correlated with trust in the judicial system and tolerance towards immigrants.

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Paper provided by Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels in its series EERI Research Paper Series with number EERI_RP_2011_08.

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Date of creation: 08 May 2011
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Keywords: Trust; institutions; democracy; television; media; social capital; Italy; instrumental variables.;

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  1. Do Italians trust the television or the judges?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-07-04 16:45:00
  2. La crisis de deuda es, también, una crisis de confianza
    by Marta in Capital social (confianza, redes y normas), Felicidad y Emprendimiento on 2011-08-10 12:03:08
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