About This Show
Economic Frontiers is a podcast about the frontier of economics research regarding technology, innovation, and digitization. Each episode brings in a leading researcher or research team for a discussion of their work and its broader implications.
This podcast is sponsored by the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). The IDE is an effort focused on the impact of digital technology on businesses, the economy, and society. Drawing on MIT Sloan’s strengths in technology and innovation, its internationally recognized faculty, and more than a decade of research and partnership with MIT Sloan’s Center for Digital Business, the IDE is analyzing the broad sociological changes brought about by the advance and spread of digital technology.
Most Recent Episode
EF7: Media Economics and Technology with Ananya Sen
2 days ago
Show notes: ide.mit.edu/news-events-media?type_1=podcast
In this podcast we discuss the economics of the media and its intersection with technological change. Our guest is Ananya Sen of MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy. Ananya is an expert in using new types of data and clever statistical methods to study the effects of the media. We start by discussing the literature on the effects of media on outcomes such as voter turnout and academic achievement. Next, we move on to a discussion of media slant and whether it’s driven by the preferences of viewers or the preferences of the newspaper’s owners or supplies. We finish by talking about how digital technology is affecting the structure of the media. Perhaps surprisingly, Ananya tells us that the existing literature on filter bubbles and polarization suggests that people are not more polarized online than offline.