This paper investigates the impact of television on internal migration in Indonesia. We exploit the differential introduction of private television throughout the country and the variation in signal reception due to topography to estimate the causal effect of media exposure. Our estimates reveal important long and short run effects. An increase of one standard deviation in the number of private TV channels received in the area of residence as an adolescent reduces future inter-provincial migration by 1.7-2.7 percentage points, and all migration (inter and intra-provincial) by 3.9-6.8 percentage points. Short run effects are similar in magnitude. We also show that respondents less exposed to private television are more likely to consider themselves among the poorest groups in society. As we discuss in a stylized model of migration choice under imperfect information, these findings are consistent with Indonesian citizens over-estimating the net gains from internal migration when access to television is limited.

Media exposure and internal migration - Evidence from Indonesia / L. Farré, F. Fasani. - In: JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS. - ISSN 0304-3878. - 102(2013), pp. 48-61. [10.1016/j.jdeveco.2012.11.001]

Media exposure and internal migration - Evidence from Indonesia

F. Fasani
2013

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of television on internal migration in Indonesia. We exploit the differential introduction of private television throughout the country and the variation in signal reception due to topography to estimate the causal effect of media exposure. Our estimates reveal important long and short run effects. An increase of one standard deviation in the number of private TV channels received in the area of residence as an adolescent reduces future inter-provincial migration by 1.7-2.7 percentage points, and all migration (inter and intra-provincial) by 3.9-6.8 percentage points. Short run effects are similar in magnitude. We also show that respondents less exposed to private television are more likely to consider themselves among the poorest groups in society. As we discuss in a stylized model of migration choice under imperfect information, these findings are consistent with Indonesian citizens over-estimating the net gains from internal migration when access to television is limited.
Information; Migration decisions; Television
Settore SECS-P/01 - Economia Politica
Article (author)
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Farre_Fasani_JDE_WP.pdf

accesso aperto

Tipologia: Pre-print (manoscritto inviato all'editore)
Dimensione 737.17 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
737.17 kB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri
Farre_Fasani_JDE_2013.pdf

accesso riservato

Tipologia: Publisher's version/PDF
Dimensione 849 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
849 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia
Pubblicazioni consigliate

Caricamento pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/2434/879766
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 31
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 29
social impact