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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Learning by Doing with Asymmetric Information: Evidence from Prosper.com

Seth M. Freedman, Ginger Zhe Jin

NBER Working Paper No. 16855
Issued in March 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

We owe special thanks to Liran Einav for insightful comments and detailed suggestions on an earlier draft. We have also received constructive comments from Larry Ausubel, Robert Hampshire, John Haltiwanger, Anton Korinek, Phillip Leslie, Russel Cooper, Hongbin Cai, Jim Brickley, Estelle Cantillon, Severin Borenstein, and various seminar attendants at Rochester, Toronto, Northwestern Kellogg, Columbia, University of Maryland Smith School, 2010 NBER IO program meeting, Universiti Libre de Bruxelles, and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Chris Larsen, Kirk Inglis, Nancy Satoda, Reagan Murray and other Prosper personnel have provided us data support and tirelessly answered our questions about Prosper.com. Adam Weyeneth and other Prosper lenders have generously shared their prosper experience. We are grateful to the UMD Department of Economics, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Net Institute (www.netinst.org) for their generous financial support. An earlier draft has been circulated under the title “Dynamic Learning and Selection.” This paper is independent of Prosper.com, all errors are our own, all rights reserved. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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