Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147987
Authors: 
Beckmann, Klaus
Dewenter, Ralf
Thomas, Tobias
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 236
Abstract: 
Using a new data set that captures the share of reporting on terrorism, we explore the nexus between terrorist attacks and the news. It turns out that terrorism mainly influences news reports through the number of incidents. Regarding the reverse causality, we provide evidence that the share of the news devoted to terrorism Granger-causes further terrorist activities. However, short-run and medium-run effects differ: media coverage on terror has no short-run impact on the number of terror attacks (two months), while it affects the severity of terror for up to ten months. These observations are consistent with the idea of competition between terrorist groups.
Subjects: 
terrorism
media
news reporting
JEL: 
D74
B25
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-235-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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