Empirical Microeconomics | Public Economics | Political Economy
I am an assistant professor of economics at Jönköping University. Most of my work focuses on the economics of news markets, especially from an empirical perspective. I am particularly interested in issues with political implications, such as media slant and negativity. My research is often based on panel data and emphasizes the identification of causal effects.
Jönköping International Business School, Office B5045, Gjuterigatan 5, 55111 Jönköping, Sweden
+46 36 10 1782
Partisan Selective Engagement: Evidence from Facebook
With Jil Sörensen and Daniel Stone. May 2018.
What Drives Demand for Media Slant?
With Gaurav Sood, Daniel Stone, and Justin Wallace. October 2018.
Cartels in the European Union, Antitrust Action, and Public Attention
With Sabrina Maaß. October 2018.
Political Scandals, Newspapers, and the Election Cycle
With Jil Sörensen. September 2018.
The Online Market for Illegal Copies of Magazines: A German Case Study
With A. Rott and M. Wass von Czege. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 59: 169–183, 2015.
Bad News Sells: The Demand for News Magazines and the Tone of Their Covers
With M. Arango-Kure and A. Rott. Journal of Media Economics, 27: 199–214, 2014.
Good News and Bad News: Evidence of Media Bias in Unemployment Reports
Public Choice, 161: 499–515, 2014.
Job Insecurity Perceptions and Media Coverage of Labor Market Policy
Journal of Labor Research, 33: 528–544, 2012.
3rd Economics of Media Bias Workshop
After a successful start of the series in June 2015, the third Economics of Media Bias Workshop will take place on February 15-16, 2018, in Cologne, Germany. James M. Snyder, Jr. (Havard) and Ruben Durante (Sciences Po/Universitat Pompeu Fabra) are confirmed to deliver keynote speeches. The workshop, which is organized by my colleagues and me, addresses the forms, causes, and consequences of media bias, especially in news markets. The program can be downloaded here. Posted: Sep. 05, 2017 (updated: Jan. 15, 2018)
Slant of German News Outlets on Facebook
In a current working paper, my co-authors and I use text mining techniques to investigate the political bias of Facebook news pages. Our sample consists of 84 German news outlets, including all national newspapers and news magazines, several regional newspapers, as well as the most important newscasts and online news portals. We analyze the language of more than 2 million Facebook posts by these outlets and compare it with the language used by the main political parties – AfD, CDU/CSU, FDP, Grüne, Linke, NPD, Piraten, and SPD – in their election programs. Measures of text similarity allow us to approximate the ideological congruence between the Facebook news pages and the parties. For example, this measure can be used to determine the outlets’ position in the political left-right spectrum, as shown below. Posted: Nov. 30, 2017 (updated: May 18, 2018)
Investigating the “Hoeneß effect”
Research Network obtains funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG)
My colleagues and I have been working on topics related to media bias for some time already. The German Research Foundation (DFG) recently agreed to support a proposal for an international, scientific network. The Research Network Economics of Media Bias promotes the discussion of ideas and work in the area, and it aims at integrating young researchers by connecting them with more experienced economists. As part of the network, it will be possible to continue the series of workshops “Economics of Media Bias”. Posted: Apr. 14, 2016