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The effect of news on the radicalization of public opinion towards immigration

Massimiliano Agovino, Maria Rosaria Carillo () and Nicola Spagnolo
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Discussion Papers from CRISEI, University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy

Abstract: This paper analyses the effects of newspaper coverage and the tone of news on immigration on the attitude of natives towards immigration in 19 countries (World Values Survey Database) for the period 2005-2009. The results can be summarised as follows: coverage and the negative tone of news have a significant effect in reducing the attitudes towards immigration for people with high trust in the media; for those with low trust in the media, news on immigration has no significant effects. In the latter case coverage and the negative tone of news radicalizes individuals’ prior preferences and prejudices on immigration, where the latter are proxied by individual political orientations.

Keywords: Fuzzy analysis; Immigration; News (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H89 J15 Z19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-09-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-int, nep-mig, nep-pol and nep-soc
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