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Airbnb Literature Review

Welcome to the Airbnb research repository. With this page, we aim at providing a comprehensive and continuously growing online resource for scientific literature on Airbnb. A growing body of research from various domains is investigating Airbnb, acknowledging it to be the poster child and template for many start-ups, platforms, and business models in today's e-commerce landscape. We suggest that it was due time to take a step back and to assess the current state of affairs. This project hence aims to conflate and synthesize research on Airbnb.

A detailed description of this literature synthesis project is provided at Dann, D., Teubner, T., Weinhardt, C. (2019). Poster child and guinea pig—Insights from a structured literature review on Airbnb. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management 31(1), pp. 427-473.

Of course, this snapshot can only serve as a first starting point. We encourage you to integrate your work here (and hence to increase its visibility and impact). To do so, please simply use this form. Also, please feel free to contact us directly by email in case you have questions or comments. Any feedback is highly appreciated! :)

The table below serves as a brief overview. A richer table is available, providing structured data on the summarized papers' foci, approaches, and outlets (CSV file).



Literature Table
Authors
Title
Method
Sample
Origin
Journal
Teubner and Flath (2019)
Privacy in the sharing economy
Survey
237
Germany
Journal of the Association for Information Systems
Adamiak (2018)
Mapping Airbnb supply in European cities
Empirical
737k
432 EU cities
Annals of Tourism Research
Akbar and Tracogna (2018)
The sharing economy and the future of the hotel industry: Transaction cost theory and platform economics
Conceptual
-
-
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Benítez-Aurioles (2018)
Why are flexible booking policies priced negatively?
Empirical
497,509
44 cities worldwide
Tourism Management
Blal et al. (2018)
Airbnb’s effect on hotel sales growth
Empirical
101
San Francisco
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Chen and Chang (2018)
What drives purchase intention on Airbnb? Perspectives of consumer reviews, information quality, and media richness
Survey
280
-
Telematics and Informatics
Cheng and Foley (2018)
The sharing economy and digital discrimination: The case of Airbnb
Empirical
217
-
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Dann et al. (2018)
How Airbnb conveys social and economic value through user representation
Survey
-
-
ECIS
Fradkin et al. (2018)
The determinants of online review informativeness: Evidence from field experiments on Airbnb
Field Experiment
558,959; 15,470; 15,759
-
Working Paper
Gunter (2018)
What makes an Airbnb host a superhost? Empirical evidence from San Francisco and the Bay Area
Empirical
17,356; 16,696
San Francisco
Tourism Management
Guttentag et al. (2018)
Why tourists choose Airbnb: A motivation-based segmentation study
Survey
844
Canada
Journal of Travel Research
Lalicic and Weismayer (2018)
A model of tourists’ loyalty: The case of Airbnb
Survey
557
Worldwide
Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology
Lee and Kim (2018)
The effect of hedonic and utilitarian value on satisfaction and loyalty of Airbnb users
Survey
511
US
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Liang et al. (2018)
Exploring the relationship between satisfaction, trust and switching intention, repurchase intention in the context of Airbnb
Survey
395
Canada, US
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Liang et al. (2018)
Understanding repurchase intention of Airbnb consumers: Perceived authenticity, electronic word-of-mouth, and price sensitivity
Survey
395
Canada, US
Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing
Lutz and Newlands (2018)
Consumer segmentation within the sharing economy: The case of Airbnb
Survey, Empirical
659; 500
5 US Cities
Business Research
Malazizi et al. (2018)
Risk perceptions of Airbnb hosts: Evidence from a Mediterranean island
Survey
221
Cyprus
Sustainability
Martin-Fuentes et al. (2018)
Modelling a grading scheme for peer-to-peer accommodation: Stars for Airbnb
Empirical
-
Worldwide
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Mauri et al. (2018)
Humanize your business. The role of personal reputation in the sharing economy
Survey
502
Italy, UK
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Phua (2018)
Perceiving Airbnb as sharing economy: The issue of trust in using Airbnb
Empirical
664
-
Current Issues in Tourism
Qiu et al. (2018)
More stars or more reviews ? Differential effects of reputation on trust in the sharing economy
Online Experiment
5,277
US
CHI
Roelofsen and Minca (2018)
The Superhost. Biopolitics, home and community in the Airbnb dream-world of global hospitality
Conceptual
-
-
Geoforum
So et al. (2018)
Motivations and constraints of Airbnb consumers: Findings from a mixed-methods approach
Interview, Survey
8; 519
US
Tourism Management
Teubner (2018)
The web of host-guest connections on Airbnb—A social network perspective
Empirical, SNA
100,572; 2.7M
44 cities worldwide
Working Paper
Teubner and Glaser (2018)
Up or out—The dynamics of star rating scores on Airbnb
Empirical
43,288
Berlin
ECIS
Tussyadiah and Park (2018)
When guests trust hosts for their words: Host description and trust in sharing economy
Empirical, Survey
31,119; 301
14 US cities
Tourism Management
Abrahao et al. (2017)
Reputation offsets trust judgments based on social biases among Airbnb users
Online Experiment, Empirical
8,906; 1M
US
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Abramova et al. (2017)
How much will you pay? Understanding the value of information cues in the sharing economy
Survey
450
Germany
ECIS
Alsudais (2017)
Quantifying the offline interactions between hosts and guests of Airbnb
Empirical
1,024
3 US cities
AMCIS
Bae et al. (2017)
Shared experience in pretrip and experience sharing in posttrip: A survey of Airbnb users
Survey
411
South Korea
Information & Management
Brauckmann (2017)
City tourism and the sharing economy – potential effects of online peer-to-peer marketplaces on urban property markets
Empirical
-
Hamburg
Journal of Tourism Futures
Brochado et al. (2017)
Airbnb customer experience: Evidence of convergence across three countries
Empirical
1,776
India, Portugal, US
Annals of Tourism Research
Camilleri and Neuhofer (2017)
Value co-creation and co-destruction in the Airbnb sharing economy
Empirical
850
Malta
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Chen and Xie (2017)
Consumer valuation of Airbnb listings: A hedonic pricing approach
Empirical
5,779
Austin
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Dai et al. (2017)
A framework for automated rating of online reviews against the underlying topics
Empirical
68,276
Boston
ACMSE
Dudás et al. (2017)
The visualization of the spatiality of Airbnb in Budapest using 3-band raster representation
Empirical
-
Budapest
Geographia Technica
Edelman et al. (2017)
Racial discrimination in the sharing economy: Evidence from a field experiment
Field Experiment
6,400
5 US cities
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Fagerstrøm et al. (2017)
That personal profile image might jeopardize your rental opportunity! On the relative impact of the seller's facial expressions upon buying behavior on AirbnbTM
Survey
139
-
Computers in Human Behavior
Festila and Dueholm Müller (2017)
The impact of technology-mediated consumption on identity: The case of Airbnb
Interviews
13
-
HICSS
Gibbs et al. (2017)
Pricing in the sharing economy: A hedonic pricing model applied to Airbnb listings
Empirical
15,716
5 Canadian cities
Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing
Gibbs et al. (2017)
Use of dynamic pricing strategies by Airbnb hosts
Empirical
39,837
5 Canadian cities
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Grbovic (2017)
Search ranking and personalization at Airbnb
Conceptual
-
-
RecSys
Gunter and Önder (2017)
Determinants of Airbnb demand in Vienna and their implications for the traditional accommodation industry
Empirical
7,864
Vienna
Tourism Economics
Gurran and Phibbs (2017)
When Tourists Move In: How Should Urban Planners Respond to Airbnb?
Empirical
-
Sydney
Journal of the American Planning Association
Gutiérrez et al. (2017)
The eruption of Airbnb in tourist cities: Comparing spatial patterns of hotels and peer-to-peer accommodation in Barcelona
Empirical
14,539
Barcelona
Tourism Management
Guttentag and Smith (2017)
Assessing Airbnb as a disruptive innovation relative to hotels: Substitution and comparative performance expectations
Survey
844
Canada
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Horn and Merante (2017)
Is home sharing driving up rents? Evidence from Airbnb in Boston
Empirical
832
Boston
Journal of Housing Economics
Johnson and Neuhofer (2017)
Airbnb – an exploration of value co-creation experiences in Jamaica
Empirical
942
Jamaica
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Jung and Lee (2017)
Curiosity or certainty? A qualitative, comparative analysis of Couchsurfing and Airbnb user behaviors
Interviews
12
Seoul
CHI
Karlsson et al. (2017)
May I sleep in your bed? Getting permission to book
Survey
192
Australia
Annals of Tourism Research
Ke (2017)
Sharing means renting? An entire-marketplace analysis of Airbnb
Empirical
2.3M
Worldwide
Working Paper
Ke (2017)
Service providers of the sharing economy: Who joins and who benefits?
Empirical
211,124
US
Working Paper
Lécuyer et al. (2017)
Improving the transparency of the sharing economy
Empirical
-
NYC
WWW
Liang et al. (2017)
Be a ‘Superhost’: The importance of badge systems for peer-to-peer rental accommodations
Empirical
3,830
Hong Kong
Tourism Management
Liu and Mattila (2017)
Airbnb: Online targeted advertising, sense of power, and consumer decisions
Survey
139
US
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Ma et al. (2017)
Self-disclosure and perceived trustworthiness of Airbnb host profiles
Empirical, Survey
40,005; 1,200; 355
12 US cities
CSCW
Ma et al. (2017)
A computational approach to perceived trustworthiness of Airbnb host profiles
Empirical
4,180; 450
12 US cities
ICWSM
Mao and Lyu (2017)
Why travelers use Airbnb again? An integrative approach to understanding travelers’ repurchase intention
Survey
624
US
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Mittendorf and Ostermann (2017)
Private vs. business customers in the sharing economy – The implications of trust, perceived risk, and social motives on Airbnb
Survey
53
-
HICSS
Mody et al. (2017)
The accommodation experiencescape: A comparative assessment of hotels and Airbnb
Survey
630
US
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Neumann and Gutt (2017)
A homeowner’s guide to Airbnb: Theory and empirical evidence for optimal pricing conditional on online ratings
Theoretical Model, Empirical
143,405
8 US cities
ECIS
O’Regan and Choe (2017)
Airbnb and cultural capitalism: Enclosure and control within the sharing economy
Conceptual
-
-
Anatolia
Pezenka et al. (2017)
Personality impacts on the participation in peer-to-peer (P2P) travel accommodation services
Survey
1,426
Worldwide
Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism
Poon and Huang (2017)
Past experience, traveler personality and tripographics on intention to use Airbnb
Survey
248
Hong Kong
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Priporas et al. (2017)
Unraveling the diverse nature of service quality in a sharing economy: A social exchange theory perspective of Airbnb accommodation
Survey
202
Worldwide
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Sanchez-Vazquez et al. (2017)
Exploiting socio-economic models for lodging recommendation in the sharing economy
Empirical
15,000
NYC, London
RecSys
Santolli (2017)
Winning the battle, losing the war: European cities fight Airbnb
Conceptual
-
-
The George Washington International Law Review
Stabrowski (2017)
‘People as businesses’: Airbnb and urban micro-entrepreneurialism in New York City
Conceptual
-
-
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Stollery and Jun (2017)
The antecedents of perceived value in the Airbnb context
Survey
410
South Korea
Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Teubner et al. (2017)
Price determinants on Airbnb: How reputation pays off in the sharing economy
Empirical
13,884
86 German cities
Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics
Toto (2017)
Sharing economy inequality: How the adoption of class action waivers in the sharing economy presents a threat to racial discrimination claims
Conceptual
-
-
Boston College Law Review
von Hoffen et al. (2017)
Leveraging social media to gain insights into service delivery: A study on Airbnb
Empirical
20,000
Washington, Berlin
Information Systems and e-Business Management
Wang and Heng (2017)
Sharing behind the scenes: Understanding user bypassing behavior in sharing economy
Interviews
10
China
ECIS
Wang and Nicolau (2017)
Price determinants of sharing economy based accommodation rental: A study of listings from 33 cities on Airbnb.com
Empirical
180,533
33 cities worldwide
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Wegmann and Jiao (2017)
Taming Airbnb: Toward guiding principles for local regulation of urban vacation rentals based on empirical results from five US cities
Empirical
19,337
5 US cities
Land Use Policy
Xie and Kwok (2017)
The effects of Airbnb’s price positioning on hotel performance
Empirical
1,482
Austin
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Xie and Mao (2017)
The impacts of quality and quantity attributes of Airbnb hosts on listing performance
Empirical
5,805
Austin
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Young et al. (2017)
Travelers’ preferences for peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodations and hotels
Survey
788
Denver
International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
Zervas et al. (2017)
The rise of the sharing economy: Estimating the impact of Airbnb on the hotel industry
Empirical
294,383
Texas
Journal of Marketing Research
Bridges and Vásquez (2016)
If nearly all Airbnb reviews are positive, does that make them meaningless?
Empirical
400
4 US cities
Current Issues in Tourism
Constantiou et al. (2016)
The evolution of a sharing platform into a sustainable business
Empirical
813
-
HICSS
Ert et al. (2016)
Trust and reputation in the sharing economy: The role of personal photos in Airbnb
Empirical, Survey
175; 566; 270
Stockholm, Israel, Israel
Tourism Management
Fang et al. (2016)
Effect of sharing economy on tourism industry employment
Empirical
657
Idaho
Annals of Tourism Research
Gutt and Kundisch (2016)
Money talks (even) in the sharing economy: Empirical evidence for price effects in online ratings as quality signals
Empirical
14,859
NYC
ICIS
Hamari et al. (2016)
The sharing economy: Why people participate in collaborative consumption
Survey
168
Worldwide
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Hawlitschek et al. (2016)
Understanding the sharing economy—Drivers and impediments for participation in peer-to-peer rental
Survey
61; 605
Germany
HICSS
Interian (2016)
Up in the air: Harmonizing the sharing economy through Airbnb regulations
Conceptual
-
-
Boston College International and Comparative Law Review
Kakar et al. (2018)
The visible host: Does race guide Airbnb rental rates in San Francisco?
Empirical
715
San Francisco
Journal of Housing Economics
Lampinen and Cheshire (2016)
Hosting via Airbnb: Motivations and financial assurances in monetized network hospitality
Interviews
12
San Francisco
CHI
Lee (2016)
How Airbnb short-term rentals exacerbate Los Angeles's affordable housing crisis: Analysis and policy recommendations
Conceptual
-
-
Harvard Law & Policy Review
Llop (2016)
A policy approach to the impact of tourist dwellings in condominiums and neighbourhoods in Barcelona
Conceptual
-
-
Urban Research & Practice
Oskam and Boswijk (2016)
Airbnb: The future of networked hospitality businesses
Delphi Panel
31
Amsterdam
Journal of Tourism Futures
Quattrone et al. (2016)
Who benefits from the ‘sharing’ economy of Airbnb?
Empirical
17,825
London
WWW
Rahimi et al. (2016)
Hidden style in the city: An analysis of geolocated Airbnb rental images in ten major cities
Empirical
48,651; 2,095
6 US cities, 2 RU cities, 2 Asian cities
UrbanGIS
Schäfer and Braun (2016)
Misuse through short-term rentals on the Berlin housing market
Empirical
11,495
Berlin
International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis
Tussyadiah (2016)
Factors of satisfaction and intention to use peer-to-peer accommodation
Survey
644
US
International Journal of Hospitality Management
Tussyadiah (2016)
Strategic self-presentation in the sharing economy: Implications for host branding
Empirical
12,785
NYC
Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism
Varma et al. (2016)
Airbnb: Exciting innovation or passing fad?
Survey, Interviews
347; 12
202 US cities
Tourism Management Perspectives
Yang and Ahn (2016)
Impact of motivation for participation in the sharing economy and perceived security on attitude and loyalty toward Airbnb
Survey
294
South Korea
Advanced Science and Technology Letters
Zhang et al. (2016)
How much is an image worth? An empirical analysis of property’s image aesthetic quality on demand at Airbnb
Empirical
17,826
7 US cities
ICIS
Abramova et al. (2015)
Understanding the sharing economy: The role of response to negative reviews in the peer-to-peer accommodation sharing network
Survey
320
Germany
ECIS
Fradkin (2015)
Search frictions and the design of online marketplaces
Empirical
569,864
US
Working Paper
Gutt and Herrmann (2015)
Sharing means caring? Hosts’ price reaction to rating visibility
Empirical
14,871
NYC
ECIS
Guttentag (2015)
Airbnb: Disruptive innovation and the rise of an informal tourism accommodation sector
Conceptual
-
-
Current Issues in Tourism
Hill (2015)
How much is your spare room worth? The story behind Airbnb's pricing algorithm
Conceptual
-
-
IEEE Spectrum
Ikkala and Lampinen (2015)
Monetizing network hospitality: Hospitality and sociability in the context of Airbnb
Interviews
11
Helsinki
CSCW
Jonas (2015)
Share and share dislike: The rise of Uber and Airbnb and how New York City should play nice
Conceptual
-
-
Journal of Law and Policy
Kim et al. (2015)
Why people participate in the sharing economy: A social exchange perspective
Conceptual
-
-
PACIS
Lee et al. (2015)
An analysis of social features associated with room sales of Airbnb
Empirical
4,178
5 US cities
CSCW
Li et al. (2015)
Agent behavior in the sharing economy: Evidence from Airbnb
Empirical
24,845
Chicago
Working Paper
Lines (2015)
Hej, not hej då: Regulating Airbnb in the new age of arizona vacation rentals
Conceptual
-
-
Arizona Law Review
Mikhalkina and Cabantous (2015)
Business model innovation: How iconic business models emerge
Conceptual
-
-
Business Models and Modelling Advances in Strategic Management
Möhlmann (2015)
Collaborative Consumption: Determinants of Satisfaction and the Likelihood of Using a Sharing Economy Option Again
Survey
187
Germany
Journal of Consumer Behaviour
Tussyadiah (2015)
An Exploratory Study on Drivers and Deterrents of Collaborative Consumption in Travel
Survey
754
US
Information & Communication Technologies in Tourism
Zervas et al. (2015)
A first look at online reputation on Airbnb, where every stay is above average
Empirical
226,594
Worldwide
Working Paper
Edelman and Luca (2014)
Digital discrimination: The case of Airbnb.com
Empirical
3,752
NYC
Working Paper
Ikkala and Lampinen (2014)
Defining the price of hospitality: Networked hospitality exchange via Airbnb
Interviews
11
Helsinki
CSCW
Yannopoulou et al. (2013)
User-Generated Brands and Social Media: Couchsurfing and Airbnb
Conceptual
-
-
Contemporary Management Research

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