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Media, Institutions, and Government Action: Prevention vs. Palliation in the Time of Cholera

  • Chongwoo Choe
  • Paul A. Raschky

This paper studies how media and the quality of institutions affect government action taken before and after a natural disaster. The key elements in this relationship are the media's role as the provider of information to voters about government action, the quality of democracy that pertains to how relevant election results are, and corruption that reduces the efficacy of government action. Provided that more media activity is focused on post-disaster government action, we show that more media activity and more democratic institutions both contribute positively to the government's palliative effort after the disaster, although corruption has a negative effect that decreases as media activity increases. On the preventive effort before the disaster, however, media and democracy both have a negative effect, as does corruption. We provide empirical evidence based on major cholera epidemics around the world, which lends some support to these hypotheses.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 23-11.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2011-23
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