Television and Divorce: Evidence from Brazilian Novelas
AbstractThis paper studies the link between television and divorce in Brazil by exploiting variation in the timing of availability of the signal of Rede Globo—the network that had a virtual monopoly on telenovelas in the country—across municipal areas. Using three rounds of Census data (1970, 1980 and 1991) and controlling for area fixed effects and for time-varying characteristics, the paper finds that the share of women who are separated or divorced increases significantly after the Globo signal becomes available. The effect is robust to controlling for potential determinants of Globo’s entry strategy and is stronger for relatively smaller areas, where the signal reaches a higher fraction of the population.
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Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Divorce; Television; Brazil; Soap Operas; Media; Women; Empowerment;
Other versions of this item:
- Alberto Chong & Eliana La Ferrara, 2009. "Television and Divorce: Evidence from Brazilian Novelas," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 7(2-3), pages 458-468, 04-05.
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- N36 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Latin America; Caribbean
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- NEP-ALL-2009-02-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2009-02-14 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-HAP-2009-02-14 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-LAB-2009-02-14 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LAM-2009-02-14 (Central & South America)
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