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Television and voting in Catalonia
Durán, Iván Mauricio
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Economia Aplicada
To what extent can be electoral results in Catalonia explained by the exposure of individuals to television? This paper sheds light on this question by looking into the effect of TV3 on two distinguished political outcomes in the 1984 Catalan Parliamentary election. The outcomes of interest are voter turnout and the vote share of Convergència i Unió (CiU), one of the strongest political forces in Catalonia who has mainly driven the channel since its creation. We resort to a natural experiment based on the geographically differentiated expansion of TV3 in Catalonia. Using a Difference-in-Differences Kernel matching method, we found that the introduction of TV3 caused an increase both in the voter turnout and the CiU vote share in the 1984 Catalan parliamentary elections.
Voting behaviour
Natural experiment
316 - Sociologia. Comunicació
Sociologia política
Vot -- Catalunya -- 1984
Eleccions -- Catalunya -- 1984
Mitjans de comunicació
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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Economia Aplicada
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