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Virtual world experimentation: an exploratory study
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 15:35 authored by Chesney, T, Swee-Hoon ChuahSwee-Hoon Chuah, Jean Robert HoffmannJean Robert Hoffmann
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 behaviour 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.
Publication titleJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
PublisherElsevier Science Bv
Place of publicationPo Box 211, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1000 Ae
Rights statementCopyright (2009). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.