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Ideological Segregation Online and Offline

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  • Matthew Gentzkow
  • Jesse M. Shapiro

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We use individual and aggregate data to ask how the Internet is changing the ideological segregation of the American electorate. Focusing on online news consumption, offline news consumption, and face-to-face social interactions, we define ideological segregation in each domain using standard indices from the literature on racial segregation. We find that ideological segregation of online news consumption is low in absolute terms, higher than the segregation of most offline news consumption, and significantly lower than the segregation of face-to-face interactions with neighbors, co-workers, or family members. We find no evidence that the Internet is becoming more segregated over time.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15916.

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  1. John Reuter & David Szakonyi, 2012. "Online Social Media and Political Awareness in Autoritarian Regimes," HSE Working papers WP BRP 10/PS/2012, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  2. Lesley Chiou & Catherine Tucker, 2011. "How Does Content Aggregation Affect Users' Search for Information?," Working Papers 11-18, NET Institute, revised Oct 2011.
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  4. Falck, Oliver & Gold, Robert & Heblich, Stephan, 2012. "E-Lections: Voting Behavior and the Internet," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2012-07, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
  5. Baum, Matthew A., 2011. "Red, Blue, and the Flu: Media Self-Selection and Partisan Gaps in Swine Flu Vaccinations," Working Paper Series rwp11-010, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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