18 May 2015

Presentation “The Influence of Russian Television on Ukrainian Voters” by Leonid Peisakhin

Presentation “The Influence of Russian Television on Ukrainian Voters” by Leonid Peisakhin

We are pleased to invite you to a presentation on "The Influence of Russian Television on Ukrainian Voters" by Leonid Peisakhin, Ph.D., to be held on Monday, May 18, 4 p.m. - 5.30 p.m., at the Kyiv School of Economics (1 Mazepy Street, room 106, Kyiv)

Abstract of the presentation

We use quasi-random variation in the availability of the analog Russian television signal along the Ukrainian-Russian border to study how a media source with an explicit political agenda affects political behavior. Using precinct-level data from the two national elections in 2014, we find that Russian television significantly increased electoral support for pro-Russian parties at the expense of pro-Western parties. However, we also find that Russian television affects different types of voters very differently: it persuades voters with pre-existing pro-Russian political preferences, but dissuades those with pro-Western political preferences. The overall effect of exposure to biased media is therefore increased voter polarization.

Leonid Peisakhin is an  Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. He has a B.A. in social sciences (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA), a master's in Politics (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK), and Ph.D. in Political Science (Yale University, New Haven, CT).

The presentation is organized jointly by the Kyiv School of Economics, VoxUkraine, the Kennan Institute in Ukraine and the Fulbright Program in Ukraine.

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