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Beyond Borders: Is Media Freedom Contagious?

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  • Russell S. Sobel

    (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)

  • Nabamita Dutta

    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

  • Sanjukta Roy

    (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)

Abstract

Previous 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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Paper provided by Department of Economics, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 09-08.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wvu:wpaper:09-08

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Keywords: Media Freedom; Contagion; Domino Effect;

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  1. Peter T. Leeson, 2008. "Media Freedom, Political Knowledge, and Participation," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 22(2), pages 155-169, Spring.
  2. World Bank, 2006. "World Development Indicators 2006," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 8151, October.
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Cited by:
  1. Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Effect of free media on views regarding nuclear energy after the Fukushima accident," MPRA Paper 32540, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Nabamita Dutta & Sanjukta Roy, 2013. "The changing face of culture: gauging the impact of a free media," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 36(1), pages 95-115, August.

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