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Mind what your voters read: Media exposure and international economic policy making

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  • Facchini, Giovanni
  • Frattini, Tommaso
  • Signorotto, Cora

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We investigate how media exposure affects elected representatives' response to preferences on immigration and trade policy. Using a novel dataset spanning the period 1986-2004, in which we match individual opinion surveys with congressmen roll call votes, we find that greater exposure to media coverage tends to increase a politician's accountability when it comes to migration policy making, while we find no effect for trade policy. Our results thus suggest that more information on the behavior of elected officials affects decisions only when the policy issue is perceived to be salient by the electorate.

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  • Facchini, Giovanni & Frattini, Tommaso & Signorotto, Cora, 2016. "Mind what your voters read: Media exposure and international economic policy making," CEPR Discussion Papers 11282, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:11282
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    Media exposure; political economy; Public Opinion; Roll Call Votes;
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    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • H89 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Other

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