People don't change, their priorities do: Evidence of value homophily for disaster relief

Amin Sabzehzar, Yili Hong, T. S. Raghu

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Abstract

Earlier studies on crowdfunding markets show that a crisis increases the charitable funding for people affected by the crisis. However, these studies fail to explain whether such an increase is purely because of the "awareness of need," or, otherwise, there are some behavioral mechanisms associated with disaster relief fundraising. To address this gap, we theoretically and empirically explore the role of value homophily in shifting lending priorities in online prosocial platforms. Considering the full spectrum of cultural influences, we develop the concept of "culturalist choice homophily," where value-based similarities emerge based on the culturally-motivated behaviors and "historicist choice homophily," where value-based similarities emerge based on similarities in historical-cultural barriers. We hinge on the Arab Spring crisis in a Difference-in-Difference (DID) setting to test our hypotheses. We show that the Arab Spring crisis increased charitable funding from lenders with high emancipative values and similar colonial histories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2020 - Making Digital Inclusive
Subtitle of host publicationBlending the Local and the Global
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9781733632553
StatePublished - 2021
Event2020 International Conference on Information Systems - Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global, ICIS 2020 - Virtual, Online, India
Duration: Dec 13 2020Dec 16 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2020 - Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global

Conference

Conference2020 International Conference on Information Systems - Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global, ICIS 2020
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityVirtual, Online
Period12/13/2012/16/20

Keywords

  • Arab spring
  • Crowdfunding
  • Disaster relief
  • Value homophily

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics

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