Consolidation in Broadcast Television Markets and Voter Turnout
- Broadcast television ownership in the United States is regulated in order to promote diverse local news sources and ensure a robust democratic process by limiting common ownership of television stations in the same market. I attempt to establish a causal relationship between a reduction in the number of owners in a market and voter turnout. I also examine the impact of consolidation at a national level by measuring both the impact of entry by large broadcast owners to a market and consolidating mergers by large firms. I find that consolidation at a local level leads to a reduction in turnout, consolidation at a national level leads to a reduction in turnout, and the reduction in turnout is highest in concentrated local markets with multiple large firms that own two broadcast television stations.
|Type of resource
|May 6, 2021
|Degree granting institution
|Stanford University, Department of Economics
|Media and Voting
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- Hamilton, Matthew. (2021). Consolidation in Broadcast Television Markets and Voter Turnout. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: https://purl.stanford.edu/ff521yy6906
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