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

29 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2006

See all articles by Sofronis Clerides

Sofronis Clerides

University of Cyprus - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Bologna - Rimini Center for Economic Analysis (RCEA)

Thanasis Stengos

University of Guelph - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

The annual 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 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.

Keywords: Eurovision, social networks, reciprocity

JEL Classification: Z13

Suggested Citation

Clerides, Sofronis and Stengos, Thanasis, Love Thy Neighbor, Love Thy Kin: Strategy and Bias in the Eurovision Song Contest (May 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=882383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.882383

Sofronis Clerides (Contact Author)

University of Cyprus - Department of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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University of Bologna - Rimini Center for Economic Analysis (RCEA) ( email )

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Thanasis Stengos

University of Guelph - Department of Economics ( email )

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Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Canada

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