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The advance of Internet technology has provided a convenient market platform for matching lending and borrowing parties, but many consumers still hesitate to use online borrowing. To better understand consumer behaviour in online borrowing, we use nationally representative survey data in China to explore factors affecting consumer use of one type of online borrowing, person to person (P2P) borrowing. Through empirical analyses, we find that financing knowledge and risk attitude are two key factors associated with P2P borrowing. Results show that financing knowledge is directly associated with P2P borrowing, while risk attitude through an instrument variable is associated with P2P borrowing also. Given these results, an effective way to expand the consumer Internet borrowing market in China is to enhance consumer financial literacy education.
Han L, Xiao JJ, Su Z. Financing knowledge, risk attitude and P2P borrowing in China. Int J Consum Stud. 2019;43:166–177. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12494 Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12494