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Love thy Neighbor, Love thy Kin: Voting Biases in the Eurovision Song Contest

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  • Sofronis Clerides
  • Thanasis Stengos

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The Eurovision Song Contest provides a setting where Europeans can express their sentiments about other countries without regard to political sensitivities. Analyzing voting data from the 25 contests between 1981-2005, we find strong evidence for the existence of clusters of countries that systematically exchange votes regardless of the quality of their entries. Cultural, geographic, economic and political factors are important determinants of points awarded from one country to another. Other non-quality related factors such as order of appearance, the language of the song and the gender of the performing artist, are also important. There is also a substantial host country effect

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Paper provided by University of Cyprus Department of Economics in its series University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics with number 1-2006.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:1-2006

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Keywords: Eurovision; Social Network; Games of Trust;

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  1. Felbermayr, Gabriel & Toubal, Farid, 2006. "Cultural proximity and trade," Tübinger Diskussionsbeiträge 305, University of Tübingen, School of Business and Economics.

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