Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171311
Authors: 
Gavazza, Alessandro
Nardotto, Mattia
Valletti, Tommaso M.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1691
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 suggests 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.
Subjects: 
Internet
Newspaper
Media
Elections
Policy
JEL: 
D72
C50
L86
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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