Media and Social Capital

28 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2021 Last revised: 15 May 2022

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Filipe Campante

Johns Hopkins University

Ruben Durante

Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA); Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Economics and Business, Students

Andrea Tesei

Queen Mary University of London - School of Economics and Finance

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Date Written: September 2021

Abstract

We survey the empirical literature in economics on the impact of media technologies on social capital. Motivated by a simple model of information and collective action, we cover a range of different outcomes related to social capital, from social and political participation to interpersonal trust, in its benign and destructive manifestations. The impact of media technologies hinges on their content ("information" vs "entertainment"), their effectiveness in fostering coordination, and the networks they create, as well as individual characteristics and media consumption choices.

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Suggested Citation

Campante, Filipe and Durante, Ruben and Tesei, Andrea, Media and Social Capital (September 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w29230, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3922504

Filipe Campante (Contact Author)

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Ruben Durante

Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) ( email )

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Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Economics and Business, Students ( email )

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Andrea Tesei

Queen Mary University of London - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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