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After the real money launch of Augur, might a testnet (or playmoney) version of Augur be of interest to Academics such as economics professors that might use it in the classroom?

Are the real money financial incentives a necessarily component for Augur to have academic value to economists?

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Yeah it would be! Companies also ask about it for running internal prediction markets.

According to work by Robin Hanson there's still value in play money prediction market pricing. Of course, I think it's substantially less than real money, but it is something.

It's also an nice place to explain the basics of trading

The testnet will always be up as well for a continued development testbed

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