Working Papers

The Persuasive Effect of Fox News: Non-Compliance with Social Distancing During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Andrey Simonov

Columbia University

Jean-Pierre Dube

University of Chicago

Szymon Sacher

Columbia University

Shirsho Biswas

University of Chicago

Oct 7, 2020

Analyzes the impact of preferences for cable TV viewing on consumer behavior (staying at home as a form of social distancing). The random factor of where a specific cable channel appears in the available range across geographies is used as an instrument in the causal model to estimate the incremental effect of viewership on behavior.

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