Can News Draw Blood? The Impact of Media Coverage on the Number and Severity of Terror Attacks

  title={Can News Draw Blood? The Impact of Media Coverage on the Number and Severity of Terror Attacks},
  author={Klaus B. Beckmann and Ralf Dewenter and Tobias Thomas},
  journal={Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy},
Abstract Using a new data set that captures the share of reporting on terrorism, we explore the nexus between terrorist attacks and the news. It turns out that terrorism mainly influences news reports through the number of incidents. Regarding the reverse causality, we provide evidence that the share of the news devoted to terrorism Granger-causes further terrorist activities. However, short-run and medium-run effects differ: media coverage on terror only impact in the severity of terror in the… 

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