【2019年3月19日】【经济与金融系学术讨论会第50期】Do Media Reports Matter in China? Self-Protection and Medical Expenses in the Case of Water Pollution
发布时间:03-15-19

经济与金融系学术讨论会第50期 

时间:2019年3月19日(周二)12:00-13:00 

地点:同济大厦A楼505室 

题目:Do Media Reports Matter in China? Self-Protection and Medical Expenses in the Case of Water Pollution 

主讲人:冯净冰(复旦大学师资博士后) 

摘要:

This paper is among the first to evaluate the impact of media reports on households’ welfare by analyzing their self-protection behavior. By constructing a unique data set of 379 Chinese newspaper reports of 38 severe water pollution events between 2004 and 2009 and merging it with the Urban Households Survey data, we find that in the case of water pollution, local newspapers’ reports are associated with higher bottled water consumption and lower household medical expenses. Specifically, each water pollution report by newspapers increases local households’ annual bottled water consumption by 1 RMB per household and decreases annual medical expenditure by 17 RMB per household. What’s more, households are responsive to party newspapers while non-party newspapers do not have significant impact on households’ self-protection consumption. We also find that information accuracy, subscription, access to Internet and trust in media are potential channels through which newspaper reports impact households’ self-protection consumption.

主讲人简介:

冯净冰,复旦大学和耶鲁大学联合培养博士,复旦大学经济学院师资博士后。研究方向为发展经济学,研究重点包括媒体经济学、城镇化、政府和社会资本合作等。主持教育部人文社科基金项目等2项,代表性研究成果发表在《世界经济》、Applied Economics Letters、Disaster Prevention and Management等权威期刊。