Geographical-Proximity Bias in P2B Crowdlending Strategies
43 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2021
Date Written: June 9, 2021
Using data from a peer-to-business crowdlending platform that exploits an auction-driven system to fund corporate loans, we show that non-professional investors are subject to a geographical-proximity bias. They are more likely to win the auctions of borrowers located close to their place of residence notwithstanding that they are not better informed about their creditworthiness. Unexpectedly, this behavioral bias distorts the loan rate discovery process by increasing the cost of funding for borrowers. This adverse effect results from the greater ability of local investors to submit winning bids at an early stage. This ability is gained from their experience in previous auctions of geographically close borrowers. This suggests that the familiarity feeling stemming from geographical closeness strengthens investor attention, and thereby improves lenders’ knowledge about the dynamics of the order flow in local borrowers’ auctions.
Keywords: geographical-proximity bias, peer-to-business crowdlending, crowdfunding, behavioral finance, loan performance, price discovery
JEL Classification: G11, G14, G23, G43
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