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The Persuasive Effect of Fox News: Non-Compliance with Social Distancing During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Andrey Simonov, Szymon K. Sacher, Jean-Pierre H. Dubé, Shirsho Biswas

NBER Working Paper No. 27237
Issued in May 2020, Revised in July 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

Authors contributed equally and names are listed in reverse alphabetical order. We thank Nielsen, SafeGraph, HomeBase and Facteus for providing access to the data. We also thank the NBER for helping with the purchase of some of the Nielsen data. The opinions expressed in this paper do not reflect those of the data providers. We are extremely grateful to Matt Gentzkow for extensive comments and suggestions. We also thank Tomomichi Amano, Charles Angelucci, Oded Netzer, Maria Petrova, Andrea Prat, Anita Rao, Olivier Toubia, Raluca Ursu, Ali Yurukoglu, participants of the NYC Media Seminar, 2020 Marketing Science conference, and the Columbia COVID-19 Symposium for comments and suggestions. Supported by the Chazen Institute for Global Business at Columbia Business School. Dubé acknowledges research support from the Kilts Center for Marketing and the Charles E. Merrill faculty research fund.The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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