Networks Webinar Series - Lin Peng

29 Oct 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Zoom Meeting

The Janeway Institute hosts the Networks Webinar Series which is organised by George Charlson, Sanjeev Goyal, Matt Elliott and Akhil Vohra. For the talk on Friday 29th October 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Lin Peng (Cambridge) will be the speaker.

Lin Peng

Paper title

“Social Ties and Peer Effects in Crowdfunding Markets”


We identify the crucial role social networks play in crowdfunding markets. Investors are 50% more likely to fund projects that their social network peers support and are 11.2% more likely to fund projects from regions to which they have strong social ties, given a one standard deviation change in the variables. Peer effects complement platform design choices and the effect of social ties, and social ties transmit information about economic conditions in project locations. Further, the investor–level effects aggregate and affect project funding successes. Our findings suggest that social networks increase investor awareness, disseminate information, and have real impacts on capital allocations.

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