Harvard professor Jonas Heese and colleagues conducted a study on the impact of local newspaper closures on white-collar crime in the USA. The study found that after a local newspaper closes, there is a 1.1% increase in legal violations by listed companies, along with a more than 15% increase in associated fines. Heese explained that local newspapers serve as watchdogs, and their absence allows companies to engage in more serious violations with less public awareness and accountability.

Participants

  • Caspar David Peter
    Role: Faculty
    Reference type: Referenced

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  • Kleine Zeitung (Online)