Vili Lehdonvirta
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Vili Lehdonvirta, PhD (Econ. Soc), MSc (Tech), Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford


Greetings! I am a Research Fellow and DPhil Programme Director at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

In my research, I examine the social and economic dimensions of new information technologies around the world. My particular areas of expertise are virtual goods, virtual currencies and online labour markets. My book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (with Edward Castronova) is published by MIT Press.

I have advised various companies and organizations in Europe, United States and Japan, including Rovio (Angry Birds), CCP Games (EVE Online) and the World Bank.

Previously I worked at London School of Economics, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, University of Tokyo and Waseda University. Before my academic career, I worked as a game programmer.

See also

The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group - a research group I belong to at the OII

Virtual Economists Ltd - my consulting and market research practice

Amimaru - a startup I co-founded that serves fans of digital Japanese pop culture

LinkedIn profile - my work history

TASO 131 - a game I created as a hobby project in the 1990s

My research

Below is a selection of my publications organized by theme. A full list of publications is available here. Citation metrics are available at Google Scholar.

See my full list of publications