Changing attitudes are the result of a battle for hearts and minds in which agents for and against change try to persuade others. We know very little about this process. We develop a methodology for measuring the intensity and the contents of media coverage for and against an idea which we apply to attitudes to gay rights. We uncover several stylized facts: First, the diffusion process of both pro- and anti-gay rights language in the US newspapers follow an S-shaped pattern, characteristic of diffusion processes. Anti-gay rights coverage starts its diffusion process later but then catches up. Second, in the year gay marriages are introduced, we observe a dramatic increase in coverage of both pro- and anti-gay rights language; the increase in the latter is larger. The rise in coverage is still present in the 3 years after the institutional change. Third, there is substantial spatial autocorrelation in media coverage

The Dynamics of the Debate About Gay Rights: Evidence from US Newspapers / Alan Manning, Paolo Masella. - In: JOURNAL OF LAW, ECONOMICS, & ORGANIZATION. - ISSN 1465-7341. - STAMPA. - 39:2(2023), pp. 456-492. [10.1093/jleo/ewab043]

The Dynamics of the Debate About Gay Rights: Evidence from US Newspapers

Paolo Masella
Membro del Collaboration Group
2023

Abstract

Changing attitudes are the result of a battle for hearts and minds in which agents for and against change try to persuade others. We know very little about this process. We develop a methodology for measuring the intensity and the contents of media coverage for and against an idea which we apply to attitudes to gay rights. We uncover several stylized facts: First, the diffusion process of both pro- and anti-gay rights language in the US newspapers follow an S-shaped pattern, characteristic of diffusion processes. Anti-gay rights coverage starts its diffusion process later but then catches up. Second, in the year gay marriages are introduced, we observe a dramatic increase in coverage of both pro- and anti-gay rights language; the increase in the latter is larger. The rise in coverage is still present in the 3 years after the institutional change. Third, there is substantial spatial autocorrelation in media coverage
2023
The Dynamics of the Debate About Gay Rights: Evidence from US Newspapers / Alan Manning, Paolo Masella. - In: JOURNAL OF LAW, ECONOMICS, & ORGANIZATION. - ISSN 1465-7341. - STAMPA. - 39:2(2023), pp. 456-492. [10.1093/jleo/ewab043]
Alan Manning, Paolo Masella
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