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Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia

  • Ruben Enikolopov
  • Maria Petrova
  • Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

This paper compares electoral outcomes of 1999 parliamentary elections in Russia among geographical areas with differential access to the only national TV channel independent from the government. It was available to three-quarters of Russia's population and its signal availability was idiosyncratic, conditional on observables. Independent TV decreased aggregate vote for the government party by 8.9 percentage points, increased the combined vote for major opposition parties by 6.3 percentage points, and decreased turnout by 3.8 percentage points. The probability of voting for opposition parties increased for individuals who watched independent TV even controlling for voting intentions measured one month before elections. (JEL D72, L82, P26)

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Volume (Year): 101 (2011)
Issue (Month): 7 (December)
Pages: 3253-85

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