Media, institutions, and government action: Prevention vs. palliation in the time of cholera

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This paper studies how media and the quality of institutions affect government action taken before and after a natural disaster. Provided that more media activity is focused on post-disaster action, we show that more media activity and better democratic institutions both contribute positively to the palliative effort after the disaster, although corruption has a negative effect that decreases as media activity increases. On the preventive effort, however, media and democracy both have a negative effect, as does corruption. We provide empirical evidence based on major cholera epidemics and other natural disasters around the world, which largely support these hypotheses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75 - 93
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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