Essays in political economy and development
- This dissertation contains three separate papers in the fields of political economy and development. The three papers are, however, all connected by their focus on media—whether print newspapers, news websites, or social media. The first chapter in the dissertation is from a paper titled "Journalist Ideology and the Production of News: Evidence from Movers, " which is joint work with Jacob Conway and is still a work-in-progress. In this paper, we examine the role journalists play in determining the political slant of the news they produce. The second chapter in the dissertation is from a paper titled "Slanted Images: Measuring Nonverbal Media Bias During the 2016 Election, " which is sole-authored and is conditionally accepted at Political Science Research and Methods. In this paper, I use nearly one million images from the front page of news websites during the 2016 election period, I show how computer vision techniques can identify the faces of politicians across the images and measure the nonverbal emotional content expressed on each face. The third chapter in the dissertation is from a paper titled "Taxing Dissent: The Impact of a Social Media Tax in Uganda, " which is joint work with Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld and is published in World Development. In this paper, we examine the impact of a new tool for digital repression--a daily tax on social media use in Uganda.
|Type of resource
|electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
|1 online resource.
|Degree committee member
|Stanford University, Department of Economics
|Statement of responsibility
|Submitted to the Department of Economics.
|Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2022.
- © 2022 by Levi Boxell
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