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Who Owns the Media?

  • Simeon Djankov
  • Caralee McLiesh
  • Tatiana Nenova
  • Andrei Shleifer

We examine the patterns of media ownership in 97 countries around the world. We find that almost universally the largest media firms are owned by the government or by private families. Government ownership is more pervasive in broadcasting than in the printed media. Government ownership of the media is generally associated with less press freedom, fewer political and economic rights, and, most conspicuously, inferior social outcomes in the areas of education and health. It does not appear that adverse consequences of government ownership of the media are restricted solely to the instances of government monopoly.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 8288.

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Date of creation: May 2001
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Publication status: published as Djankov, Simeon, Caralee McLiesh, Tatiana Nenova and Andrei Shleifer. "Who Owns The Media?," Journal of Law and Economics, 2003, v46(2,Oct), 341-382.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:8288
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