Wanxiang Cai*

Chongqing University


Received Sylff fellowship in 2016.
FR: Utrecht University School of Economics (Netherlands)
TO: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge Judge Business School (UK)

Academic supervisor: Professor Erik Stam
Current affiliation: Utrecht University School of Economics
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
Chinese government scholarship (CSC); Excellent award in Graduate Student Research and Innovation Grants; First Prize in Shushengxianfeng Academic Grants; PhD representative in PhD Network , Utrecht University

SRA2019-1: My PhD thesis studies the relationship among legal institutions, social capital, and the performance of financial crowdfunding at the macro, meso, and micro level. This SRA project enables empirical research on financial crowdfunding at the macro level and allows study the interplay between legal institutions and social capital across different levels. As one of the leading research organizations for alternative finance, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) collects global crowdfunding data (‘Benchmark study’) as well as retail investor surveys (conducted for the Financial Conduct Authority) and publishes several influential industrial reports as well as academic papers. I aim at using a combination of the global crowdfunding platform data as well as investor survey data to carry out my research project. Visiting CCAF will not only provide me access to valuable data on global financial crowdfunding markets but also provide me with feedback from both researchers and policy-makers on financial crowdfunding as CCAF has strong connections to leading industry players in the most developed crowdfunding market in Europe (UK).

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