Ari Kokko () and Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall ()
Ari Kokko: Copenhagen Business School Department of International Economics and Management, Postal: Copenhagen Business School Department of International Economics and Management, Porcelænshaven 24 3rd floor, 2000 Frederiksberg Denmark
Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Abstract: Already Beckerman (1956) and Linder (1961) suggested that international trade is not determined by supply side factors alone – perceptions about foreign countries and country preferences matter. We explore the relation between exports, cultural distance, income differences and country preferences as revealed by voting in the European Song Contest. We conclude that preferences influence trade through several channels, and that results of the European Song Contest are a robust predictor of bilateral trade.
30 pages, January 25, 2012
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