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Restricting consumer credit access: Household survey evidence on effects around the Oregon rate cap

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  • Zinman, Jonathan

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Many policymakers and some theories hold that restricting access to expensive credit helps consumers by preventing overborrowing. I examine some effects of restricting access, using household panel survey data on payday loan users collected around the introduction of binding restrictions on payday loan terms in Oregon. Borrowing fell in Oregon relative to Washington, with former payday borrowers shifting partially into plausibly inferior substitutes: bank overdrafts and late bill payment. Additional evidence suggests that restricting access caused deterioration in the overall financial condition of Oregon households. Overall the results are consistent with restricted access harming, not helping, consumers on average.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 546-556

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:34:y:2010:i:3:p:546-556

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Keywords: Payday loan Subprime credit market Predatory lending Usury Interest rate ceiling Behavioral economics Psychology and economics Household finance Consumer finance Behavioral finance;

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