This book tells the story of how the news media can help the inattentive members of the public become better educated and knowledgeable ‘economic citizens’. The authors argue that changes in the economy, journalism and consumer culture have made economic news more visible, more mainstream and more accessible. They show how economic news not only affects economic perceptions, but also interest in the economy, knowledge about the economy, and economic voting. Relying on statistical analyses, the book provides a comprehensive and systematic study of the effects of economic news.

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 2|19 pages

A Baseline Understanding of the Economy

chapter 4|19 pages

Sounding the Alarm When It Matters

chapter 6|12 pages

Good News in Bad News

How Negativity Enhances Economic Efficacy

chapter 7|11 pages

Learning From Economic Consequence Framing

chapter 9|12 pages

Economic News and Government Approval

chapter 11|13 pages

Getting the Good Message Through

Against All Odds?