Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125549
Authors: 
Baumer, Matt
Kephart, Curtis
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, UC Santa Cruz Economics Department 725
Abstract: 
We examine economic activity in a large virtual economy which was designed to allow decentralized barter as the sole exchange institution. We find that a small subset of goods emerges endogenously which act of media of exchange. Our analysis includes estimation of spot exchange rates between these numerous money goods and we develop methods which allows us to price all goods and track inflation. We then calculate nominal growth and its components. We find that per-captita real wealth is an increasing component of nominal growth. Separately, we find evidence of a certain form of nominal price ridigity - the price of an item commonly priced in a particular money good tends to move with the exchange rate of that money good. We also find that announcements made by the economic planners can induce speculation leading to localized asset price bubbles.
Subjects: 
virtual economy
barter system
national income accounting
wealth measurement
price level
inflation
JEL: 
E01
E31
P44
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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