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Social Capital and Online Games


  • Christoph Safferling

    () (Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Universität Wien, Austria)


We use data from an online game economy and econometric matching methods to test whether social capital of players has an impact on game success. Membership in a 'clan', a voluntary organization of players, positively impacts game success. Hence, social capital has a positive effect on outcomes. Yet, top performers do not gain from access to this social capital.

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  • Christoph Safferling, 2011. "Social Capital and Online Games," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2011-32, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
  • Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1132

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    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • C99 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Other
    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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