Team rivalry and lending on crowdfunding platforms : an empirical analysis

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Original languageEnglish
Article number17
Journal / PublicationFinancial Innovation
Online published2 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016



Prosocial crowdfunding helps the underprivileged obtain non-profit seeking loans from multitudinous lenders. Some platforms introduce team competition to motivate member participation and may thus induce team rivalry.

We investigate how team rivalry affects lending decisions using data from We argue that a rivalry relationship may engage teams to compete directly against rivals by lending to the same project or prevent them from doing so because they intend not to cooperate.

We find that a team is less likely to lend to a project that has received funding from its rival team, suggesting that rival teams tend to avoid cooperation.

We discuss the implications of our findings for crowdfunding and competition-based motivation mechanisms in general.

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  • Crowdfunding, Lending decision, Prosocial lending, Rivalry relationship

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