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Virtual world exp erimentation: An exploratory study

Thomas Chesney (), Swee-Hoon Chuah and Robert Hoffmann ()

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Abstract: We explore the scientific potential of virtual worlds for experimental economics in terms of the subject pools and experimental platforms they present. Our results offer tentative, qualified support for virtual world experimentation. Overall, the be- haviour of virtual subjects recruited, incentivised and observed within Second Life across a range of five standard experimental games was not found to differ significantly from established standard results. In addition, we identify certain methodological opportunities and challenges which confront virtual world experimenters.

Keywords: virtual worlds; experiments; C72; C88; C99; Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-06-12
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Published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Elsevier, 2009, 72 (1), pp.618. ⟨10.1016/j.jebo.2009.05.026⟩

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.05.026

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