Edward Castronova

Indiana University

Professor

107 S Indiana Ave

100 South Woodlawn

Bloomington, IN 47405

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

35

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“  Life really is a game.  ”

Scholarly Papers (35)

1.

Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 618
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 14 Jan 2002
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Information and Internet Services, Computer Software

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On Virtual Economies

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 752
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 14 Oct 2002
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Information and Internet Services, Computer Software

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The Price of 'Man' and 'Woman': A Hedonic Pricing Model of Avatar Attributes in a Synthethic World

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 957
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 17 Jun 2003
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Synthetic Worlds, Internet Auctions Avatar Attributes, Sexual Discrimination

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Theory of the Avatar

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 863
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 06 Mar 2003
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Information and Internet Services, Computer Software, Equity, Justice, Inequality

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Dragon Kill Points: A Summary Whitepaper

Number of pages: 10 Posted: 24 Jan 2007
Edward Castronova and Joshua Fairfield
Indiana University and Washington and Lee University - School of Law
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Dragon Kill Points, Rational Models Seminar, Virtual World, World of Warcraft, Law and Economics, Edward Castronova, Online community

6.

The Right to Play

New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 185-210, 2004
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 01 Jun 2005
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Synthetic worlds, law, play

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Real Products in Imaginary Worlds

Harvard Business Review, pp. 20-22, May 2005
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 26 Jul 2005
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Synthetic worlds, marketing, advertising, internet

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A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Real-Money Trade in the Products of Synthetic Economies

Info, Vol. 8, No. 6, October 2006
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 17 Jul 2006
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Synthetic Economies, RMT, Cost-Benefit Analysis

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A Test of the Law of Demand in a Virtual World: Exploring the Petri Dish Approach to Social Science

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2355
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 24 Jul 2008
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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virtual worlds, experimental methods

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Game Development and Social Science

Journal of Game Development, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 91-94, March 2004
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 26 Jul 2005
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Game design, research methods

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On the Research Value of Large Games: Natural Experiments in Norrath and Camelot

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1621
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 13 Jan 2006
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Synthetic Economies and the Social Question

Number of pages: 13 Posted: 18 Aug 2005
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Synthetic worlds, inequality, social policy

Surveying the Virtual World: A Large Scale Survey in Second Life Using the Virtual Data Collection Interface (VDCI)

Number of pages: 49 Posted: 05 Aug 2009
Mark W. Bell, Edward Castronova and Gert G. Wagner
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
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VASI, VDCI, Second Life, Survey Plan, Fieldwork

Surveying the Virtual World - A Large Scale Survey in Second Life Using the Virtual Data Collection Interface (VDCI)

German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD) Research Notes No. 40
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 30 Sep 2009
Mark W. Bell, Edward Castronova and Gert G. Wagner
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
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VASI, VDCI, Second Life, Survey Plan, Fieldwork

Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing (VASI): An Expansion of Survey Data Collection Methods to Virtual Worlds by Means of VDCI

Number of pages: 24 Posted: 31 Jul 2008 Last Revised: 09 Aug 2015
Mark W. Bell, Edward Castronova and Gert G. Wagner
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
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Interviewing Mode, PAPI, CAPI, CASI, VASI, VDCI, Second Life

Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing (VASI): An Expansion of Survey Data Collection Methods to the Virtual Worlds by Means of VDCI

German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD) Research Notes No. 39
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 29 Sep 2009
Mark W. Bell, Edward Castronova and Gert G. Wagner
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
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Interviewing Mode, PAPI, CAPI, CASI, VASI, VDCI, Second Life

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The Renaissance of Natural Law: Tolkien, Fantasy, and Video Games

Number of pages: 14 Posted: 19 Sep 2012
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Games, Morality, Natural Law

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Virtual Worlds as Petri Dishes for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Number of pages: 13 Posted: 08 Dec 2008
Edward Castronova and Matthew Falk
Indiana University and Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications
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Virtual Worlds, Macro Level Experiments, Research Infrastructure

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Virtual Worlds as Petri Dishes for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

RatSWD Working Paper No. 47
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 11 Aug 2009
Edward Castronova and Matthew Falk
Indiana University and RatSWD
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Virtual Worlds, Macro Level Experiments, Research Infrastructure

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The Price of Bodies: A Hedonic Pricing Model of Avatar Attributes in a Synthetic World

Kyklos, Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 173-196, May 2004
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 04 Jul 2004
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Politics, Altruism, and the Definition of Poverty

Edward J. Bird (1999) Politics, altruism, and the definition of poverty, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 1:3, 269-291, DOI: 10.1080/13876989908412628
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 23 Aug 2014
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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poverty, poverty lines, altruism, redistribution

20.

Virtual Life Satisfaction

Kyklos, Vol. 64, Issue 3, pp. 313-328, 2011
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 19 Jul 2011
Edward Castronova and Gert G. Wagner
Indiana University and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
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21.

Imaginary Worlds as Social Experiments

Forthcoming in Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds, ed. Mark J. P. Wolf, Routledge 2017
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 21 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Build What You Dream: Imaginary Worlds, Technology, and the Practice of Philosophy

Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds, ed. Mark J. P. Wolf, Routledge 2017, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 21 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Media, technology, virtual worlds, philosophy, utopia

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Religious Impulse in Video Games: Implications for World-Building

In Mark J.P. Wolf (ed.) Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology, Routledge 2017, pp. 116-126; ISBN: 9781138942059
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 15 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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religion, games, god

24.

Fertility and Virtual Reality

Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 3, 2009
Posted: 14 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University

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virtual reality, fertility

25.

Policy Questions Raised by Virtual Economies

Telecommunications Policy, Volume 39, Issue 9, Pages 745-810 (October 2015)
Posted: 14 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova, Isaac T. Knowles and Travis L Ross
Indiana University, Indiana University Dept. of Telecommunications and University of Louisville

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Policy, Virtual Worlds, Technology

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Virtual Worlds: Petri Dishes, Rat Mazes, and Supercolliders

Games and Culture 4(4) 396-407, 2009
Posted: 14 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova and Matthew Falk
Indiana University and Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications

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Virtual Worlds, Experimental Methods, Experiments

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The Challenge of VR to the Liberal Democratic Order

Number of pages: 5 Posted: 14 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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politics, virtual reality, democracy, liberalism

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As Real as Real? Macroeconomic Behavior in a Large-Scale Virtual World

New Media & Society Vol 11(5): 685–707, 2009,
Posted: 14 Nov 2017
Indiana University, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of California, Davis, Michigan State University, Emory University - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Northwestern University and University of Colorado Boulder

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Economics, Macroeconomics, Virtual Worlds, GDP, Inflation

29.

Players for Hire: Games and the Future of Low-Skill Work

Gamasutra, October 11, 2016
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 13 Nov 2017 Last Revised: 18 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Labor, Technology, Low-Skill Labor, Games, Unemployment

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Results of a Massive Experiment on Virtual Currency Endowments and Money Demand

Zˇivić N, Andjelković I, O¨zden T, Dekić M, Castronova E (2017) Results of a Massive Experiment on Virtual Currency Endowments and Money Demand. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186407. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186407,
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 13 Nov 2017 Last Revised: 14 Nov 2017
Nordeus, Nordeus, University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Students, Nordeus and Indiana University
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money, experiment, game, virtual world

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Sports Rules as Common Pool Resources: A Better Way to Respond to Doping

Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 39 No. 3, December 2009
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 13 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova and Gert G. Wagner
Indiana University and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
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On Money and Magic

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research vol. 2(4), February 2010
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 13 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Money, Virtual Currency, Cryptocoins

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A Model of Climate Policy Using Board Game Mechanics

International Journal of Serious Games, Vol. 2(3), 2015
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 13 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova and Isaac T. Knowles
Indiana University and Indiana University Dept. of Telecommunications
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Climate, Policy, Games

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Digital Value Transfer Systems

Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 71, No. 2, 2014
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 13 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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Cryptocurrency, Virtual Currency, Bitcoin, Money, Virtual

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Inequality and Income: The Mediating Effects of Social Spending and Risk

Economics of Transition, Vol. 9, No. 2, July 2001
Posted: 10 Jul 2001
Edward Castronova
Indiana University

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income, inequality, social spending, risk

Other Papers (3)

Total Downloads: 1    Citations: 0
1.

Down with Dullness: Gaming the Academic Conference

(2013) The Information Society, 29:2, 66-70, DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2012.757262
Posted: 20 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University

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Games, Conferences

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Introductory Remarks on the film 'Thank You for Playing'

Number of pages: 2 Posted: 14 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova
Indiana University
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games, cancer, emotion

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The Digital Wallet Revolution

New York Times, September 10, 2014
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 13 Nov 2017
Edward Castronova and Joshua Fairfield
Indiana University and Washington and Lee University - School of Law
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virtual currency, digital wallet, bitcoin, blockchain