October, 2004

Manipulating the Media

  • Christopher Coyne

    Associate Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Peter Leeson

    Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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How does government manipulate the media? This working paper provides a detailed anatomy of state controlled media manipulation by looking at Romania's transitioning economy. Using evidence from original field work, Leeson and Coyne identify and examine the specific methods government uses to manipulate the media where it is not free from the state. Additionally, they consider how media manipulation affects economic performance via the process of policy reform and provide evidence for the impact of government controlled mediaon the public's perception of media credibility.