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Media and Social Capital

Filipe Campante, Ruben Durante and Andrea Tesei
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Ruben Durante: ICREA-UPF
Andrea Tesei: Queen Mary University of London

No 930, Working Papers from Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance

Abstract: We survey the empirical literature in economics on the impact of media technologies on social capital. Motivated by a simple model of information and collective action, we cover a range of different outcomes related to social capital, from social and political participation to interpersonal trust, in its benign and destructive manifestations. The impact of media technologies hinges on their content ("information" vs "entertainment"), their effectiveness in fostering coordination, and the networks they create, as well as individual characteristics and media consumption choices.

Keywords: Social capital; media; collective action; information; coordination; participation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D71 D72 D74 D83 D84 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-09-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-net and nep-soc
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