Taking the Lie Out of Liar Loans: The Effect of Reduced Documentation on the Performance and Pricing of Alt-A and Subprime Mortgages
We present a simple theoretical model of adverse selection when lenders allow reduced documentation. The model shows how reduced documentation attracts both riskier borrowers and larger size loans. We then empirically test implications of the model using stated income loans originated during the recent housing market run-up and collapse. After estimating the extent to which these loans have higher default rates than do fully documented loans, we develop a measure for the extent of income over-statement, providing results for both the Alt-A and subprime market segments. We also estimate that the incremental risk in these mortgages was priced at less than ten basis points.
Volume (Year): 35 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: American Real Estate Society Clemson University School of Business & Behavioral Science Department of Finance 401 Sirrine Hall Clemson, SC 29634-1323|
Web page: http://www.aresnet.org/
|Order Information:|| Postal: Diane Quarles American Real Estate Society Manager of Member Services Clemson University Box 341323 Clemson, SC 29634-1323|
Web: http://pages.jh.edu/jrer/about/get.htm Email:
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:35:n:4:2013:p:507-554. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (JRER Graduate Assistant/Webmaster)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.