American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 6 No. 3 (July 2014)

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Cross-Border Media and Nationalism: Evidence from Serbian Radio in Croatia

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DellaVigna, Stefano, Ruben Enikolopov, Vera Mironova, Maria Petrova, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. 2014. "Cross-Border Media and Nationalism: Evidence from Serbian Radio in Croatia." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(3): 103-32.

DOI: 10.1257/app.6.3.103

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How do nationalistic media affect animosity between ethnic groups? We consider one of Europe's deadliest conflicts since WWII, the Serbo-Croatian conflict. We show that, after a decade of peace, cross-border nationalistic Serbian radio triggers ethnic hatred toward Serbs in Croatia. Mostly attracted by nonpolitical content, many Croats listen to Serbian public radio (intended for Serbs in Serbia) whenever signal is available. As a result, the vote for extreme nationalist parties is higher and ethnically offensive graffiti are more common in Croatian villages with Serbian radio reception. A laboratory experiment confirms that Serbian radio exposure causes anti-Serbian sentiment among Croats.

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DellaVigna, Stefano (U CA, Berkeley)
Enikolopov, Ruben (Barcelona IPEG and U Pompeu Fabra)
Mironova, Vera (U MD)
Petrova, Maria (ICREA, U Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE)
Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina (Paris School of Economics)

JEL Classifications

D72: Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
D74: Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances
J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
L82: Entertainment; Media
N34: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: Europe: 1913-
N44: Economic History: Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation: Europe: 1913-

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