A central and ongoing challenge for Airbnb is the creation and maintenance of trust between
its users. In this paper, Timm Teubner explores the underlying social network structure of Airbnb and how it could be leveraged to manage reputation on the platform.
While recent research has begun to explore data sets of Airbnb listings and reviews on a large scale, none have done so for the emerging web of host-guest connections. This study, based on transactional data from 16 major US cities, therefore uniquely contributes to a better understanding of the types of relations on Airbnb from a social network perspective.