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Thursday, September 01, 2011


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Hitomi Tiponi

I couldn't find anything that suggested that either of the authors had any qualifications or experience in sociology, social psychology or psychology - so maybe this is what happens when people with economics backgrounds comment on social aspects of SL.


Hitomi - I'm a psychologist, I've just read the report and it seems fine to me. And of course Kyklos is a peer reviewed journal, so they're not going to publish rubbish.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia

@Hitomi, I'll second what Aaron said. Granted, Castronova does have a considerable background in economics. Yet his work at Indiana University (my alma mater for grad school) has ranged far into other social sciences and done so with intellectual rigor.

A fundamental principle of economics? Opportunity cost. Opportunity costs are lower in SL for lots of comparable RL activities.

I should be able to get a copy of the piece through my university's library subscriptions to online content. Looking forward to a good read.

Hamlet Au

Hitomi, "happiness" has become a huge topic for economists in recent years, check out this link for an intro:


Hitomi Tiponi

Thanks everyone - it does sound as though the report is from reputable sources. Am I right in assuming that 'happiness economics' looks at outside factors causing happiness, whereas the field of 'positive psychology' looks at the causes of happiness? I probably didn't put that too well, but that is partly because I am not sure of where the boundary lies.

Arcadia Codesmith

Games and virtual worlds are easy mode.

Want to be a fashion designer in SL? You need to learn a graphics program. (It helps if you've got a little talent and a LOT of marketing saavy).

Want to be a fashion designer in RL? Where did you go to school? Who do you know? What have you done in the past? How much did you spend on your portfolio? Well, that's all very nice dear, but perhaps you ought to go back to where you came from and design hoodies, hmmm?

Ummm... not that I'd know.

Academic Assessment

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