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Edward Castronova is Associate Professor of Telecommunications at Indiana University Bloomington whose area of study includes work on virtual or synthetic economies.

His works on synthetic worlds and their economies, and on EverQuest in particular, have attracted considerable attention. His paper on Norrath, a fictional planet in the EverQuest universe, Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier (2001) is available on SSRN. It claims, for example, that Norrath has a per capita somewhere between that of Russia and Bulgaria, higher than that of China and India, and that a unit of EverQuest currency is worth more than the Yen or Lira.


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  • Edward Castronova. Synthetic Worlds, University of Chicago Press (2005). ISBN 0226096262

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