Thanks for bringing up my study . I think the IB push really aligns with my research showing what Airbnb guests tend to be seeking.
To take it a step further, if you look at the market segmentation stuff (p.16-22 of the PDF), it's clear that there are some guests who are comparatively much more drawn by the social/experiential aspect of Airbnb, and they are comparatively more likely to rent private rooms instead of entire homes. I think this is noteworthy, as I assume hosts renting private rooms want more screening ability and are therefore more resistant to IB. Consequently, even if Airbnb wants to push IB, it would be more sensible to focus exclusively on entire homes.
And I agree with the posters who feel this is more of a "increase bookings" issue than an "anti-discrimination" issue, regardless of how it may be presented.
Indeed, I think this is part of a broader pattern that will play out in various different ways. Here's how I summarized it in the summary report:
"Looking towards the future, it is likely t here will be increased convergence between Airbnb and hotels as both strive to imitate some of the other’s strengths. While Airbnb does not want to sacrifice the authentic, personal touch that characterizes its accommodations and helps define its brand, it will continue experimenting with ways to provide a more reliable and professionalized hospitality experience..." (p. 24)
In my full thesis I explore this in a bit more detail as well, but didn't have space to fit it into the summary report. (If you're so inclined, the full thesis is linked to from the summary report page; see pages 223/4.)