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Replication data for: The Judge, the Politician, and the Press: Newspaper Coverage and Criminal Sentencing across Electoral Systems

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Lim, Claire S. H.
  • Snyder, James M., Jr.
  • Strömberg, David
Publication Date
2015-10-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We study how media environments interact with political institutions that structure the accountability of public officials. Specifically, we quantify media influence on the behavior of US state court judges. We analyze around 1.5 million criminal sentencing decisions from 1986 to 2006 and new data on the newspaper coverage of 9,828 trial court judges. Since newspaper coverage is endogenous, we use the match between newspaper markets and judicial districts to identify effects. We find that newspaper coverage significantly increases sentence length by nonpartisan elected judges for violent crimes. For partisan elected and appointed judges, there are no significant effects. (JEL D72, H76, K41, L82)
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.20140111 (Text)
Publications
  • Lim, Claire S. H., James M. Snyder, and David Strömberg. “The Judge, the Politician, and the Press: Newspaper Coverage and Criminal Sentencing across Electoral Systems.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7, no. 4 (October 2015): 103–35. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20140111.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20140111 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Lim, Claire S. H.; Snyder, James M., Jr.; Strömberg, David (2015): Replication data for: The Judge, the Politician, and the Press: Newspaper Coverage and Criminal Sentencing across Electoral Systems. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113609V1