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dc.contributor.authorAmegashie, J. Atsuen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-02-07en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-28T08:29:09Z-
dc.date.available2009-07-28T08:29:09Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/26215-
dc.description.abstractIn the very popular FOX TV reality show, American Idol, the judges, who are presumably experts in evaluating singing effort, have no voting power when the field is narrowed to the top twenty-four contestants. It is only the votes of viewers that count. In the 2007 season of the show, one of the judges, Simon Cowell, threatened to quit the show if a contestant, Sanjaya Malakar, who was clearly a low-ability contestant, won the competition. He was concerned that the show was becoming a popularity contest instead of a singing contest. Is this a problem? Not necessarily. I show that, under certain conditions, making success in the contest dependent on a contestant’s popularity and not solely on her singing ability or performance, could paradoxically increase aggregate singing effort. It may be optimal to give the entire voting power to the viewers whose evaluation of singing effort or ability is noisier.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCESifo Münchenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working paper 2171en_US
dc.subject.jelD23en_US
dc.subject.jelD44en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordAmerican Idolen_US
dc.subject.keywordcontestsen_US
dc.subject.keywordtournamentsen_US
dc.subject.stwFreizeitwirtschaften_US
dc.subject.stwFernsehprogrammen_US
dc.subject.stwWahlverhaltenen_US
dc.subject.stwMotivationen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleAmerican idol: should it be a singing contest or a popularity contest?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn557980399en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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