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Search Frictions in Crowdfunding Markets

  • 2017.02.27
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This paper studies, theoretically and empirically, how search frictions affect resource allocation in competitive crowdfunding market.

Topic:

Search Frictions in Crowdfunding Markets

Date:

03/03/2017

Time:

10:30-12:00am

Venue:

Room 105, Daoyuan Building, CUHK (SZ)

Speaker:

Menghan Xu  

Xiamen University

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Abstract:

This paper studies, theoretically and empirically, how search frictions affect resource allocation in competitive crowdfunding market. By analyzing a dynamic fixed-sample search model a` la Burdett and Judd (1983) with many-to-one matching, I show that interest rate dispersion caused by search frictions facilitates investor coordination and hence improves matching efficiency relative to no-friction environment. I construct a dataset on a large panel of fundraisers’ behaviors and find evidence of persistent rate dispersion and funding mismatches. According to a non-parametric estimation, I find that with dispersed rates, the coordination effect can improve the aggregate funding probability by 28% compared with a random matching context.