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Consumer networks and firm reputation: a first experimental investigation

Huck, S.; Luenser, G.; Tyran, J.-R.; (2007) Consumer networks and firm reputation: a first experimental investigation. (ELSE Working Papers 291). ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Arguing that consumers are the carriers of firms’ reputations, we examine the role of consumer networks for trust in markets that suffer from moral hazard. When consumers are embedded in a network, they can exchange information with their neighbors about their private experiences with different sellers. We find that such information exchange fosters firms' incentives for reputation building and, thus, enhances trust and efficiency in markets. This efficiency-enhancing effect is already achieved with a rather low level of network density.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Consumer networks and firm reputation: a first experimental investigation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://else.econ.ucl.ac.uk/newweb/papers.php#2007
Language: English
Keywords: C72, C92, D40, L14
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14364
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