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Virtual world experimentation : an exploratory study

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Chesney, Thomas; Chuah, Swee-Hoon; Hoffmann, Robert

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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.
Classification National Economy
Free Keywords virtual worlds; experiments
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 618-
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72 (2009) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2009.05.026
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)