Are Mass Media and ICTs Associated with Inequality and Poverty?

Economic Well-Being and Inequality: Papers from the Fifth ECINEQ Meeting

ISBN: 978-1-78350-567-8, eISBN: 978-1-78350-556-2

ISSN: 1049-2585

Publication date: 30 September 2014

Abstract

This paper examines associations of mass media and information and communications technologies (ICTs) with inequality and poverty. It has been found that newspaper circulation has a robust negative association with inequality. Radios and TVs also have a negative association with poverty. ICT expenditures (as a percentage of GDP) have a negative association with poverty. An ICT index is constructed which also has a negative association with poverty. An instrumental variable analysis confirms the robust negative association between newspaper circulation and inequality.

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Bandyopadhyay, S. (2014), "Are Mass Media and ICTs Associated with Inequality and Poverty?", Economic Well-Being and Inequality: Papers from the Fifth ECINEQ Meeting (Research on Economic Inequality, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 185-216. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1049-258520140000022005

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