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Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia

  • Ruben Enikolopov


    (New Economic School (Moscow))

  • Maria Petrova


    (New Economic School (Moscow))

  • Ekaterina Zhuravskaya


    (Paris School of Economics and New Economic School)

This paper compares electoral outcomes of 1999 parliamentary elections in Russia among geographical areas with differential access to the only independent from the government national TV channel. 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.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) in its series Working Papers with number w0149.

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Length: 62 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cfr:cefirw:w0149
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