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Demand for Slant: How Abstention Shapes Voters' Choice of News Media

Oliveros, S and Várdy, F (2014) 'Demand for Slant: How Abstention Shapes Voters' Choice of News Media.' Economic Journal. ISSN 0013-0133 (In Press)

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Abstract

Political commentators warn that the fragmentation of the modern media landscape induces voters to withdraw into 'information cocoons' and segregate along ideological lines. We show that the option to abstain breaks ideological segregation and generates 'cross-over' in news consumption: voters with considerable leanings towards a candidate demand information that is less biased towards that candidate than voters who are more centrist. This non-monotonicity in the demand for slant makes voters' ideologies non-recoverable from their choice of news media and generates disproportionate demand for media outlets that are centrist or only moderately biased. It also implies that polarisation of the electorate may lead to an ideological moderation in news consumption. © 2014 Royal Economic Society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 12:42
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:42
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12294

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