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David Yang

David Yang

Fall 2014 Graduate Fellowship Recipient
Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development


David Yang is a PhD student in economics at Stanford University. He received BA in statistics and BS in business administration from University of California, Berkeley. His research interests center on behavioral and experimental economics, political economy, and economic history. His previous projects study how education and historical experiences shape citizens’ political beliefs and attitudes.

Fellowship research abstract

Behavioral Consequences of Media Censorship

As of 2014, only 14% of the world’s population enjoys the press that is free from censorship. Media censorship is especially prevalent among developing countries, where billions of people face daily distortions of their information. Nonetheless, very little is known regarding the impact of media censorship on these individuals, both in theory and in empirics. In this project, I aim to study the behavioral consequences of media censorship: (i) whether censorship affects individuals’ ability to process information; (ii) whether censorship reshapes the dynamics of social learning.