Corporate prediction markets, where employees bet on future events relevant to their companies, are proving to be highly effective. These markets are outperforming traditional methods of forecasting, such as relying on experts or conducting surveys. Companies are increasingly using prediction markets to forecast sales, project completion times, and the success of new products.

Google, Ford, and General Electric are among those utilising this method, with Google even using it to predict flu trends. The accuracy of these markets is reportedly around 74%, a significant increase from the 60% accuracy of traditional methods.

The success of prediction markets is attributed to the ‘wisdom of crowds’ phenomenon, where collective opinion is more accurate than individual judgements. However, there are potential pitfalls. Employees may be hesitant to bet against their employer, and there’s a risk of manipulation. Despite these challenges, the benefits of corporate prediction markets are clear, and their use is likely to grow.

Even the U.S. intelligence community is utilising prediction markets. The Good Judgment Project, a four-year forecasting tournament sponsored by the government, found that prediction markets outperformed intelligence analysts with access to classified information.

Overall, corporate prediction markets offer a promising alternative to traditional forecasting methods, with a higher accuracy rate and the potential for wider application.

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