Ideological Segregation Online and Offline

  title={Ideological Segregation Online and Offline},
  author={Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse M. Shapiro},
  journal={ERN: Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking},
We use individual and aggregate data to ask how the Internet is changing the ideological segregation of the American electorate. Focusing on online news consumption, offline news consumption, and face-to-face social interactions, we define ideological segregation in each domain using standard indices from the literature on racial segregation. We find that ideological segregation of online news consumption is low in absolute terms, higher than the segregation of most offline news consumption… Expand
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