nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2010‒05‒29
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University of the Piemonte Orientale

  1. The media and public agendas: testing for media effects in Argentina during the Kirchner administration By Juan Carlos Cuestas; Sebastián Freille; Patricio O'Gorman
  2. A Scale for Markets and Property in the Societies of the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample: a Linear Programming Approach By E. Anthon Eff

  1. By: Juan Carlos Cuestas; Sebastián Freille; Patricio O'Gorman
    Abstract: In this paper we examine the presence of agenda-setting effects by the print media in Argentina during 2003 and 2008. Using previously unavailable monthly data on newspapers mentions we test two hypotheses about the relationship between the different agendas. We find support for the hypothesis that there were media effects during our period of analyisis. More specifically, we find that the total number of newspaper mentions of the President positively influenced public confidence in the government. Finally, there is also evidence of a strong and stable relationship between the total number of economic news and leading economic indicators.
    Keywords: Agenda-setting, Public opinion, Cointegration, Media effects
    Date: 2010–05
  2. By: E. Anthon Eff
    Abstract: Cross-cultural researchers often combine several component variables into a composite index or “scale.” The value of a scale for a particular observation is sensitive not only to the values of its component variables, but also to the values of the weights used to combine the components. This sensitivity to weight values is unfortunate, given that the choice of weighting scheme is in some ways arbitrary. A method is presented here, based on linear programming, which reduces the sensitivity of a scale to the component weights. An example scale is produced, for the prevalence of markets and property rights in the societies of the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample. A program, written for R, is included.
    Keywords: Standard Cross-Cultural Sample; linear programming; Tiered Data Envelopment Analysis; market and property rights index
    JEL: C6 Z13
    Date: 2010–05

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