Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177889
Authors: 
Benesch, Christine
Loretz, Simon
Stadelmann, David
Thomas, Tobias
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 288
Abstract: 
This paper empirically explores the link between mass media coverage of migration and immigration worries. Using detailed data on media coverage in Germany, we show that the amount of media reports regarding migration issues is positively associated with concerns about immigration among the German population. The association is robust to the inclusion of time-variant individual control variables and individual fixed-effects. We employ media spillovers from the neighboring country of Switzerland, which occur due to referendum decisions on immigration as an instrumental variable to address endogeneity concerns. The IV estimates suggest that media coverage has a causal impact on immigration worries. Exploring heterogeneous effects between respondents, the results reveal that the link between media reports and immigration worries is particularly relevant for women and respondents active in the workforce.
Subjects: 
media
migration
news spillovers
political attitudes
JEL: 
L8
D7
F2
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-287-5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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