Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229517
Authors: 
Castriota, Stefano
Delmastro, Marco
Tonin, Mirco
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 8699
Abstract: 
Looking at TV news viewership in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic using actual consumption data, we investigate whether demand for national and local news depends on national or local epidemiological developments, as measured by the number of new positives or the number of currently positives in any given day. Exploiting the fact that the seriousness of the pandemic displays a great deal of variation among the different regions, we find that at the regional level demand for both national news and, more surprisingly, local news responds to the national epidemiological developments rather than to the local ones. This has implications for the incentives faced by local politicians to take preventive action.
Subjects: 
news
local news
TV
Covid-19
JEL: 
D12
L82
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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