Melbourne Accounting Research Seminar - Associate Professor Lin Nan

Melbourne Accounting Research Seminar

Deans Boardroom, level 12, The Spot
198 Berkeley St, Carlton


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Mario Schabus

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Associate Professor Lin Nan from Purdue University will present a MARS seminar.

Topic: The Real Effects of Transparency in Crowdfunding

Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the real effects of information transparency in crowdfunding markets. Our analysis identifies that crowdfunding provides a benefit for an entrepreneur to learn consumers’ preferences before deciding whether to implement an innovative project. However, the crowdfunding market also features an under-implementation inefficiency, driven by two types of uncertainty that consumers face: fundamental uncertainty about the entrepreneur’s implementation cost, and strategic uncertainty due to potential coordination failures among consumers. We find that greater transparency regarding the implementation cost, although diminishes the fundamental uncertainty, may not necessarily mitigate the strategic uncertainty. We obtain a somewhat surprising result that, from an ex ante perspective, greater transparency actually makes the under-implementation problem even worse, thus impairing efficiency.