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Explaining the Growth of Higher-Priced Loans in HMDA: A Decomposition Approach

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  • Chau Do

    (Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC 20219)

  • Irina Paley

    (Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC 20219)

Abstract

The period 2004?005 showed a significant increase in Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rate spread reporting. Following the Oaxaca (1973), Blinder (1973), and Fairlie (2005) decomposition techniques, this study identifies the fraction of the increase due to the flattening of the yield curve. Even after controlling for changes in borrower risk characteristics, the findings reveal that during 2004?006, the flattening of the yield curve explains a significant amount of the increase in rate spread reportable loans. This is the case for both prime and subprime originations.

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  • Chau Do & Irina Paley, 2007. "Explaining the Growth of Higher-Priced Loans in HMDA: A Decomposition Approach," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 29(4), pages 441-478.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:29:n:4:2007:p:441-478
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