Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/231327
Authors: 
Ananyev, Maxim
Poyker, Michael
Tian, Yuan
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 742 [pre.]
Abstract: 
We document a causal effect of conservative Fox News Channel in the United States on physical distancing during COVID-19 pandemic. We measure county-level mobility covering all U.S. states and District of Columbia produced by GPS pings to 15-17 million smartphones and zip-code-level mobility using Facebook location data. Then, using the historical position of Fox News Channel in the cable lineup as the source of exogenous variation, we show that increased exposure to Fox News led to a smaller reduction in distance traveled and smaller increase in the probability to stay home after the national emergency declaration in the United States. Our results show that slanted media can have a harmful effect on containment efforts during a pandemic by affecting people's behaviour.
Subjects: 
Mobility
Media Bias
Fox News
COVID-19
JEL: 
D1
D7
I31
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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