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Internet and politics: Evidence from U.K. local elections and local government policies

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Title: Internet and politics: Evidence from U.K. local elections and local government policies
Authors: Gavazza, A
Nardotto, M
Valletti, T
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: We empirically study the effects of broadband internet diffusion on local election outcomes and on local government policies using rich data from the U.K. Our analysis shows that the internet has displaced other media with greater news content (i.e. radio and newspapers), thereby decreasing voter turnout, most notably among less-educated and younger individuals. In turn, we find suggestive evidence that local government expenditures and taxes are lower in areas with greater broadband diffusion, particularly expenditures targeted at less-educated voters. Our findings are consistent with the idea that voters’ information plays a key role in determining electoral participation, government policies, and government size.
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2019
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jun-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/57085
DOI: 10.1093/restud/rdy028
ISSN: 1467-937X
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Start Page: 2092
End Page: 2135
Journal / Book Title: Review of Economic Studies
Volume: 86
Issue: 5
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in The Review of Economic Studies following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Alessandro Gavazza, Mattia Nardotto, Tommaso Valletti, Internet and Politics: Evidence from U.K. Local Elections and Local Government Policies, The Review of Economic Studies, Volume 86, Issue 5, October 2019, Pages 2092–2135, https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdy028 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdy028.
Keywords: Social Sciences
Economics
Business & Economics
Local elections
Voter turnout
Local government expenditure
Media
Internet
NEWSPAPER ENTRY
MEDIA
BIAS
COMPETITION
EDUCATION
SELECTION
DEMOCRACY
SUFFRAGE
TURNOUT
PRESS
Economics
14 Economics
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-06-09
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School