News droughts, news floods, and US disaster relief
2007 (English)In: Quarterly Journal of Economics, ISSN 0033-5533, E-ISSN 1531-4650, Vol. 122, no 2, 693-728 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper studies the influence of mass media on U. S. government response to approximately 5,000 natural disasters occurring between 1968 and 2002. These disasters took nearly 63,000 lives and affected 125 million people per year. We show that U. S. relief depends on whether the disaster occurs at the same time as other newsworthy events, such as the Olympic Games, which are obviously unrelated to need. We argue that the only plausible explanation of this is that relief decisions are driven by news coverage of disasters and that the other newsworthy material crowds out this news coverage.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 122, no 2, 693-728 p.
media, television, impact
Economics and Business Media and Communications
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56226DOI: 10.1162/qjec.122.2.693ISI: 000247311300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-56226DiVA: diva2:410075
authorCount :22011-04-122011-04-122011-04-12Bibliographically approved