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Virtual Worlds, Real Rules


Caroline M. Bradley


University of Miami - School of Law

A. Michael Froomkin


University of Miami - School of Law


New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 49, 2004
University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-22
TPRC 2003

Abstract:     
Increased legal harmonization reinforces the need for a new way to test legal rules. As legal diversity decreases, there are fewer alternate rules to draw from, and thus potentially useful de facto experimentation with alternative rules becomes rarer and more difficult. This article argues that the ability to test legal rules in virtual worlds could help to solve a long-running, and worsening problem in the design of legal rules - the barriers to experimentation caused by an increasing tendency to the harmonization of law. In a world where real world experimentation with legal rules is likely to be useful, but also difficult and expensive, experimentation with legal rules in Virtual Worlds may be a valuable substitute. Large numbers of enthusiastic players in Virtual Worlds could test legal rules in an environment closer to the real world than many of the experiments that behavioral economists run to test economic behavior.

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Date posted: May 5, 2008 ; Last revised: May 16, 2012

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Bradley, Caroline M. and Froomkin, A. Michael, Virtual Worlds, Real Rules. New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 49, 2004; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-22; TPRC 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1127722

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Caroline M. Bradley (Contact Author)
University of Miami - School of Law ( email )
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A. Michael Froomkin
University of Miami - School of Law ( email )
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Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
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