Superstars and “The Voice

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The previous literature has explored theories and models of the economics of superstars in the context of the music industry and in general finds mixed evidence for superstar effects and the data being close to the Yule distribution. The present article extends that literature by examining if the same patterns are present for near superstars, specifically contestants on the reality television show ‘The Voice’. Our results support the presence of the same features in the data for these near superstars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1797-1800
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • cultural economics
  • popular music
  • Superstars
  • yule distribution

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