Cultural Voting: The Eurovision Song Contest

CORE Discussion Paper No. 2005/6

20 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2006  

Victor A. Ginsburgh

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE); Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Abdul Noury

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

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.

Keywords: logrolling, voting behavior, popular music, contests

JEL Classification: D72, Z10

Suggested Citation

Ginsburgh, Victor A. and Noury, Abdul, Cultural Voting: The Eurovision Song Contest (February 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=884379 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.884379

Victor A. Ginsburgh (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) ( email )

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Abdul Noury

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) ( email )

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Brussels, B-1050
Belgium
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