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Cultural voting : The Eurovision Song Contest

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  • GINSBURGH, Victor
  • NOURY, Abdul

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We analyze the voting behavior and ratings of judges in a popular song contest held every year in Europe. The dataset makes it possible to analyze the determinants of success, and gives a rare opportunity to run a direct test of vote trading, or logrolling. Though the votes cast may appear as resulting from logrolling, we show that they are rather driven by linguistic and cultural proximities between singers and voting countries.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2005006.

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Date of creation: 00 Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2005006

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Keywords: logrolling; voting behavior; popular music; contests;

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  1. Victor Ginsburgh & Jan van Ours, 2003. "Expert opinion and compensation: evidence from a musical competition," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/1681, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Haan, Marco & Dijkstra, Gerhard & Dijkstra, Peter, 2003. "Expert judgment versus public opinion - evidence from the Eurovision Song Contest," Research Report 03F12, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
  3. FLÔRES, R. G. & GINSBURGH, Jr. and V. A., . "The Queen Elisabeth musical competition: how fair is the final ranking?," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1196, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  4. Elvik, Rune, 1995. " Explaining the Distribution of State Funds for National Road Investments between Counties in Norway: Engineering Standards or Vote Trading?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 85(3-4), pages 371-88, December.
  5. GINSBURGH, Victor, . "Awards, success and aesthetic quality in the arts," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1616, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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  1. Eurovision Voting Fraud
    by red dave in Live at the Witch Trials on 2010-05-24 20:05:00
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  1. Clerides, Sofronis & Stengos, Thanasis, 2006. "Love thy Neighbour, Love thy Kin: Strategy and Bias in the Eurovision Song Contest," CEPR Discussion Papers 5732, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Victor Ginsburgh, 2005. "Languages, genes and cultures," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/1677, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  3. Dogru, Bülent, 2013. "Modeling Voting Behavior in the Eurovision Song Contest," MPRA Paper 42801, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Kokko, Ari & Gustavsson Tingvall, Patrik, 2012. "The Eurovision Song Contest, Preferences and European Trade," Ratio Working Papers 183, The Ratio Institute.
  5. Sofronis Clerides & Thanasis Stengos, 2006. "Love thy Neighbor, Love thy Kin: Voting Biases in the Eurovision Song Contest," University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics 1-2006, University of Cyprus Department of Economics.

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