Edward Castronova obtained a BS in International Affairs from Georgetown University in 1985 and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991. In between, he spent 18 months studying German postwar reconstruction and social policy at universities and research institutes in Mannheim, Frankfurt, and Berlin. From 1991 to 2000, he worked as an Assistant and later Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at University of Rochester. Since 2000, he has been an Associate Professor of Economics in the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Professor Castronova has authored more than 20 articles in scholarly journals and is currently preparing a book on synthetic worlds for the University of Chicago Press. His paper "Virtual Worlds" is the most-downloaded economics paper at the Social Science Research Network. Professor Castronova is married and has a son. His hobbies include games and theater.
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