females are cheaper
Female EverQuest avatars for sale at ebay are significantly cheaper than male equivalents. Edward Castranova, who wrote a fascinating paper about the economy of EverQuest last year, has just published a paper about this too: The Price of ‘Man’ and ‘Woman’: A Hedonic Pricing Model of Avatar Attributes in a Synthethic World. The avatar’s level is more important than its gender, but if you compare male and female avatars at about the same level, the females are about 10-15% cheaper. Castronova also notes (in the final paragraph of the full pdf) that the Earth value (i.e. what you get for them in RL dollars at ebay) of EverQuest assets is decining with the increased number of attractive synthetic worlds other than EverQuest.
The seriousness of the economics (at least it appears so to a non-economist like me) combined with the outrageousness of the claims made on the basis of apparently calm study is amazingy seductive, don’t you find? (via Many-to-many)