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The Internet, News Consumption, and Political Attitudes – Evidence for Sweden

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  • Liang Che-Yuan

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  • Nordin Mattias

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We investigate the effects of the rise of the Internet as an additional mass medium on news consumption patterns and political attitudes. We use Swedish survey data from 2002 to 2007, the period during which high-speed Internet (broadband) emerged. We find that broadband access is associated with online media consumption. The crowd out of offline consumption is, however, small. Furthermore, these altered news consumption patterns have no or small effects on political attitudes.

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  • Liang Che-Yuan & Nordin Mattias, 2013. "The Internet, News Consumption, and Political Attitudes – Evidence for Sweden," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 13(2), pages 1071-1093, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:13:y:2013:i:2:p:1071-1093:n:1
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    1. Nordin, Mattias, 2015. "Local Television, Citizen Knowledge and Political Accountability: Evidence from the U.S. Senate," Working Paper Series 2015:5, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
    2. Kuroda, Toshifumi & Kido, Daido & Ichikawa,Yoshiharu, 2016. "Does the usage of TV streaming on the Internet bring about new functions to the public service broadcaster? : Evidence from a randomized field experiment," 27th European Regional ITS Conference, Cambridge (UK) 2016 148682, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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