Leveraging Consumption Intention with Identity Information on Sharing Economy Platforms

Sunyoung Cho, ChongWoo Park, Junghwan Kim

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Sharing economy platforms enable individuals to collaboratively consume underutilized resources by linking peer-providers and peer-consumers. One interesting observation on sharing economy platforms is unprecedented amount and use of identity information about peer-providers. Peer-providers offer rich information about themselves, and a sub-set of such identity information is verified on some sharing economy platforms. However, there has been little research on such identity information sharing and the impacts of such information on peer-consumers’ decision making. In this study, we propose a research model to explain the role of identify information on sharing economy platforms, and empirically test the proposed model in the context of a lodging service sharing economy platform, Airbnb. Our results show that identity information shared by peer-providers contributes to peer-consumers’ consumption intention through social presence and trust. The implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-187
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Computer Information Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017


  • Airbnb
  • identity information
  • peer reviews
  • sharing economy platforms
  • social interactions
  • social presence
  • trust
  • word of mouth (WOM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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