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The Market For Policy Communication

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Executive Summary

The authors develop a model of policy communication by aid agencies, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations and they show how the need for fundraising affects the policy communication strategy of these organizations. To attract more funds, organizations may bias their communication. The bias depends on the ex ante beliefs of donors and on mass media reporting. Development organizations, charities, aid agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other institutions whose formal objective is to enhance welfare and reduce suffering around the world are regularly accused of providing biased analyses on the state of the world and to have their actions guided by their private benefits - such as attracting media attention, raising funds, or personal fame - rather than the public goods they are supposed to be after.

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