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Local News Online: Aggregators, Geo-Targeting and the Market for Local News

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We examine how placement of geo-targeted local news links on Google News affects online local news consumption. Using a sample of news visits by 43087 US households before and after a Google News design change, we find that aggregation increases both the level and the share of local news consumed online. Magnitudes are small: local news visits increase by less than 1 percent and the likelihood of a local news visit increases by 4-6 percent. The redesign also increases the local share of visits to outlets, indicating that aggregation alters not only the size but also the composition of the local media audience.

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  • Lisa M. George & Christiaan Hogendorn, 2014. "Local News Online: Aggregators, Geo-Targeting and the Market for Local News," Economics Working Paper Archive at Hunter College 443, Hunter College Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:htr:hcecon:443
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    1. Jeon, Doh-Shin, 2018. "Economics of News Aggregators," TSE Working Papers 18-912, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
    2. Anderson, Simon P & Waldfogel, Joel, 2015. "Preference Externalities in Media Markets," CEPR Discussion Papers 10835, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Prat, Andrea, 2014. "Media Power," CEPR Discussion Papers 10094, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. Doh-Shin Jeon & Nikrooz Nasr, 2016. "News Aggregators and Competition among Newspapers on the Internet," American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 8(4), pages 91-114, November.

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    Communications; Media; Internet; News; Advertising;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media

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