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The Information Value of Online Social Networks: Lessons from Peer-to-Peer Lending

Seth Freedman, Ginger Zhe Jin

NBER Working Paper No. 19820
Issued in January 2014, Revised in February 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

We would like to thank Larry Ausubel, John Haltiwanger, John Ham, Robert Hampshire, Anton Korinek, Phillip Leslie, Russel Cooper, Hong- bin Cai, Jim Brickley, Estelle Cantillon, Severin Borenstein, and various seminar attendants at Rochester, Toronto, Northwestern Kellogg, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, University of Maryland Smith School, 2010 NBER IO program meeting, Universiti Libre de Brux- elles, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the 2011 Conference on Gaming Incentive Systems for helpful comments. 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 “Do Social Networks Solve Information Problems for Peer-to-Peer Lending? Evidence from Prosper.com.” This paper is independent of Prosper.com, all errors are our own, all rights reserved.

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