Monday, May 3, 2021 4:00 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Trade, Development and Political Economy presents
Media, and the Behavior of Politicians: Evidence from Facebook in Brazil
Authors: Pedro Bessone, Filipe Campante, Claudio Ferraz and
Pedro CL Souza
Recent years have
witnessed the remarkable diffusion of social media in tandem with the spread of
mobile phones that are, in many places, the key tool for accessing those media.
The authors ask whether this has affected the communication and responsiveness
of politicians towards voters. Using data on the spread of the 3G mobile
phone network in Brazil, and self-collected data on the universe of Facebook
activities by federal legislators, they examine how legislators respond when
municipalities that are part of their electoral base obtain access to the 3G
University of British Columbia
Claudio Ferraz is Professor of Economics at
the University of British Columbia in Canada. His research focuses on Political
Economy and Development Economics. In particular, he works on issues related to
governance and accountability in developing countries, politics and public
service delivery, electoral rules and political selection etc. His work has
been published In top Economics journals such as the American Economic
Review, Journal of Political Economy and Quarterly Journal of Economics.
He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California -Berkeley.
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