How free market entry affects creation and engagement: Evidence from non-fungible tokens

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The rising popularity of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has led to an increase in the costs of minting digital assets into NFTs. This presents a threat for marketplaces that wish to attract NFT creators. To address this, some platforms allow creators to mint NFTs for free (lazy minting). Although this option is preferred by many, it remains unclear what the impact of lazy minting is on the market. In this work, we use data from Rarible to investigate how work quality is affected after lazy minting is introduced. We find that after the introduction, average market quality reduces by about 13.6%, while we estimate that existing creators who shift towards lazy minting reduce their work’s quality by about 8%. We further estimate that lazy minted tokens receive fewer likes compared to other similar tokens. We discuss how we contribute to the literature and how we plan to extend our work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Economy Workshop 2023
Place of PublicationLausanne, Switzerland
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2023
EventDigital Economy Workshop - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 20 Mar 202322 Mar 2023


WorkshopDigital Economy Workshop
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