Working Paper Series, Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
The Internet, News Consumption, and Political Attitudes
() and Mattias Nordin
Abstract: We investigate the effects of the rise of the Internet as
an additional mass medium on news consumption patterns and political
attitudes. We use Swedish survey data from 2002 to 2007, the period during
which online news media emerged. We find that broadband access is
associated with online media consumption which, to some extent, crowds out
offline consumption. Furthermore, these altered news consumption patterns
have no or small effects on political attitudes.
Keywords: news; the Internet; political attitudes; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D72; D83; (follow links to similar papers)
29 pages, July 17, 2012
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