Policy Seminars

Speaker: Matt Gentzkow
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Topic: The Effect of Newspaper Exits on Political Participation: A Regression Discontinuity Approach

Date/Place/Time: Friday, May 1, 2009 at 1:30PM-3:00PM
UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurs Hall C303
We estimate the on-impact effect of newspaper exits on voter turnout in presidential elections, using a new dataset covering all U.S. daily newspapers from 1869 to 2004. Our identification strategy exploits the fine timing of newspaper exits, and assumes that confounding trends are smooth. The exit of a daily newspaper reduces turnout in the next presidential election by 0.6 percentage points, or 8.6 voters for every 100 newspaper copies that do not circulate.

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