The Impact of Media Censorship: 1984 or Brave New World?

@article{Chen2019TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Media Censorship: 1984 or Brave New World?},
  author={Yuyu Chen and David Y. Yang},
  journal={American Economic Review},
  year={2019}
}
Media censorship is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes. We conduct a field experiment in China to measure the effects of providing citizens with access to an uncensored internet. We track subjects’ media consumption, beliefs regarding the media, economic beliefs, political attitudes, and behaviors over 18 months. We find four main results: (i) free access alone does not induce subjects to acquire politically sensitive information; (ii) temporary encouragement leads to a persistent increase in… 
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