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Understanding the changing media environment and its impact on our society and political climate is complex, requiring analysis from multiple viewpoints. This conference brought together scholars across fields to examine critical questions of how the media shapes our lives today.

This conference was made possible with generous support from the Andrew and Betsy Rosenfield Program in Economics, Public Policy, and Law.

In a new video spotlight, conference presenters Ruben Durante, Eleonora Freddi, and Donghee Jo discuss their research.

View photos from the conference here.

Spotlight: Working Papers from the 2018 Economics of Media and Communication Conference
Photos from the Conference



Thursday, May 3, 2018
Media Capture Through Favor Exchange
Ferenc Szucs, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley
Discussant: Brian Knight, Professor of Economics, Brown University
False Positives and Transparency in Scientific Research
Jonathan Libgober, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Harvard University
Discussant: Isaiah Andrews, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Public Communication and Collusion in the Airline Industry
Gaurab Aryal, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
Discussant: Robert Porter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics, Northwestern University
Do People Avoid Morally Relevant Information? Evidence From the Refugee Crisis
Eleonora Freddi, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tilburg University
Discussant: Leonardo Bursztyn, Assistant Professor in Economics and the College, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
Adjourn for the day
Friday, May 4, 2018
Advertising Spending and Media Bias: Evidence from News Coverage of Car Safety Recalls
Ruben Durante, Assistant Professor of Economics, Sciences Po and UPF
Discussant: Thomas Wollmann, Assistant Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business
News We Like to Share: How News Sharing on Social Networks Influences Voting Outcomes
Kirill Pogorelskiy, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
Discussant: Tim Feddersen, Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Optimal Sequential Decision With Limited Attention
Yeon-Koo Che, Kelvin J. Lancaster Professor of Economic Theory, Columbia University
Discussant: Doron Ravid, Assistant Professor in Economics and the College, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
Better the Devil You Know: An Online Field Experiment on News Consumption
Donghee Jo, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Economics, MIT
Discussant: Hunt Allcott, Associate Professor of Economics, NYU
Conference concludes