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

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Castronova, Edward;
(2003)
  • Publisher: Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESifo) Munich
  • Subject: internet auctions avatar attributes | sexual discrimination | synthetic worlds | synthetic worlds, internet auctions avatar attributes, sexual discrimination
    • ddc: ddc:330
    acm: ComputingMilieux_PERSONALCOMPUTING | ComputingMilieux_THECOMPUTINGPROFESSION

This paper explores a unique new source of social valuation: a market for bodies. The internet hosts a number of large synthetic worlds which users can visit by piloting a computer-generated body, known as an avatar. Avatars can have an asset value, in that users can sp... View more
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