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Love thy Neighbour, Love Thy Kin: Strategy and Bias in the Eurovision Song Contest

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  • Sofronis Clerides

    (University of Cyprus)

  • Thanasis Stengos

    (University of Guelph)

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The annual Eurovision Song Contest provides a setting where Europeans can express their sentiments about other countries without regard to political incentives. Analysing voting data from the 25 contests between 1981 and 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 significant determinants of point exchanges. Factors such as order of appearance, language and gender are also important. There is also a substantial host country effect. We find some evidence of reciprocity but no evidence of strategic voting.

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  • Sofronis Clerides & Thanasis Stengos, 2012. "Love thy Neighbour, Love Thy Kin: Strategy and Bias in the Eurovision Song Contest," Ekonomia, Cyprus Economic Society and University of Cyprus, vol. 15(1), pages 22-44, Summer.
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    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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