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Mind What Your Voters Read: Media Exposure and International Economic Policy Making

  • Giovanni Facchini

    ()

    (University of Nottingham, University of Milan, CEPR, CES-Ifo, CrEAM, IZA and)

  • Tommaso Frattini

    ()

    (University of Milan, CrEAM, IZA and Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano)

  • Cora Signorotto

    ()

    (University of Milan and Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano)

e investigate the role of constituents’ preferences in shaping the voting behavior of elected representatives 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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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 358.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 13 Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:358
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