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The varying effects of predatory lending laws on high-cost mortgage applications

  • Giang Ho
  • Anthony Pennington-Cross

Federal, state, and local predatory lending laws are designed to restrict and in some cases prohibit certain types of high-cost mortgage credit in the subprime market. Empirical evidence using the spatial variation in these laws shows that the aggregate flow of high-cost mortgage credit can increase, decrease, or be unchanged after these laws are enacted. Although it may seem counterintuitive to find that a law that prohibits lending could be associated with more lending, it is hypothesized that a law may reduce the cost of sorting honest loans from dishonest loans and lessen borrowers' fears of predation, thus stimulating the high-cost mortgage market.

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Volume (Year): (2007)
Issue (Month): Jan ()
Pages: 39-60

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlrv:y:2007:i:jan:p:39-60:n:v.89no.1
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