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Television and voting in Catalonia

Ivan Mauricio Duran ()
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Ivan Mauricio Duran: Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Working Papers from Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona

Abstract: To what extent can be electoral results in Catalonia explained by the exposure of individuals to television? This paper sheds light on this question by looking into the effect of TV3 on two distinguished political outcomes in the 1984 Catalan Parliamentary election. The outcomes of interest are voter turnout and the vote share of Convergència i Unió (CiU), one of the strongest political forces in Catalonia who has mainly driven the channel since its creation. We resort to a natural experiment based on the geographically differentiated expansion of TV3 in Catalonia. Using a Difference-in-Differences Kernel matching method, we found that the introduction of TV3 caused an increase both in the voter turnout and the CiU vote share in the 1984 Catalan parliamentary elections.

Keywords: Media; Elections; Voting behaviour; Natural experiment; Difference-in-Differences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C99 D72 L82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 2016-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-cul and nep-pol
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