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Description-text related soft information in peer-to-peer lending - Evidence from two leading European platforms

Dorfleitner, Gregor ; Priberny, Christopher ; Schuster, Stephanie ; Stoiber, Johannes ; Weber, Martina ; de Castro, Ivan ; Kammler, Julia



Abstract

We examine the influence of soft factors on the probability of successful funding and on the default probability in peer-to-peer lending for two leading European platforms. Soft factors such as orthography, the share of non-mandatory information items provided and the mentioning of certain social keywords are derived from the loan applications. We find that soft factors do have a significant ...

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