Media effects on public displays of brutality: the case of Mexico’s drug war

@inproceedings{Rios2019MediaEO,
  title={Media effects on public displays of brutality: the case of Mexico’s drug war},
  author={Viridiana Rios and Johanna Rivera},
  year={2019}
}
ABSTRACTThis paper presents preliminary empirical evidence to show that media attention may influence public displays of brutality by Mexican drug cartels. We defined public displays of brutality as the presence of banners paired with corpses or dismembered bodies at unconcealed crime scenes. Using a data set of 857 such instances, we estimated reaction functions to determine whether public displays of brutality became more frequent when drug cartel violence was covered more by the press El… CONTINUE READING

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