Beyond Borders: Is Media Freedom Contagious?
AbstractPrevious literature stresses the importance of free media for economic development. By its nature TV, radio, and newspapers cross borders, allowing citizens to easily sample media from neighboring countries. This creates pressure for domestic reform and spreads media freedom between countries. Using spatial econometric techniques, and a sample of 102 countries, we test for the presence of geographic spillovers in media freedom. We find that a country’s level of media freedom significantly depends on its neighbors. Countries ‘catch’ approximately 20 percent of their media freedom from neighboring countries. Our results are robust to alternative specifications and measures of press freedom.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 09-08.
Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Media Freedom; Contagion; Domino Effect;
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- C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
- L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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