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Can Fact-checking Prevent Politicians from Lying?

@inproceedings{Lim2018CanFP,
  title={Can Fact-checking Prevent Politicians from Lying?},
  author={Chloe Lim},
  year={2018}
}
Journalists now regularly trumpet fact-checking as an important tool to hold politicians accountable for their public statements, but fact checking’s effect has only been assessed anecdotally and in experiments on politicians holding lower-level offices. Using a rigorous research design to estimate the effects of fact-checking on presidential candidates, this paper shows that a fact-checker deeming a statement false false causes a 9.5 percentage points reduction in the probability that the… 

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