Monday, July 17, 2006

Bloomberg TV

I am scheduled to be on Bloomberg TV's show Open Exchange tomorrow from 11 am to noon, EST. Set your TiVo.

But don't let this exciting programming lure you into excessive TV watching. In a new paper using data from East and Central Java, Ben Olken reports that

better signal reception, which is associated with more time spent watching television and listening to radio, is associated with substantially lower levels of participation in social activities and with lower self-reported measures of trust. I find particularly strong effects on participation in local government activities.
I wouldn't want to promote distrustful, antisocial behavior.