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Why so negative? Impacts and implications of US media coverage

Published on June 15, 2022   27 min

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Interviewer: I'm interviewing Professor Bruce Sacerdote. He's Richard S. Braddock, 1963 Professor in Economics at Dartmouth College and the author, together with Ranjan Sahgal and Molly Cook, of working paper 28110 of the National Bureau of Economic Research titled "Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?" There's an important question mark at the end of the title. A link to the paper accompanies this interview, and listeners are expected to have read it before listening to the interview. Professor Sacerdote, thank you for sparing the time today. Let me at outset ask, what do you believe the paper has established and with what level of confidence? Second, given your answers to A, what research should now be undertaken? Prof. Sacerdote: Well, thanks very much for having me, Neil. I'm excited to be on the program. My co-authors and I have shown that U.S. media is particularly negative around COVID. When I say particularly negative, I mean relative to, say, UK media and other international English language media. I think that academics could quibble about that. But just looking at the data and the raw figures, it's relatively incontrovertible. I think the real question then is, for how long has this been going on in other topics? If we go pre-COVID and if we were to look at 2021 and 2022, how long has this gap existed

Why so negative? Impacts and implications of US media coverage

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