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Does mandatory disclosure affect subprime lending to minority neighborhoods?


  • Zsuzsa Huszár
  • George Lentz
  • Wei Yu


We examine changes in lending behavior in response to the Federal Reserve’s requirement for disclosure of loan pricing information implemented in 2004 for two broad types of lenders, depository and nondepository institutions. We find that although subprime approval rates generally increased after 2004 as the housing market boomed, there was nonetheless a reduction in subprime approval rates to minority neighborhoods following implementation of the pricing disclosure requirement. We also find that the effect of the pricing disclosure requirement on subprime approval rates was stronger for depository institutions than for nondepository institutions. Moreover, depository institutions with good reviews from regulators for effectively serving the financing needs of local communities are less likely to issue higher-priced subprime loans. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Zsuzsa Huszár & George Lentz & Wei Yu, 2012. "Does mandatory disclosure affect subprime lending to minority neighborhoods?," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 36(4), pages 900-924, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jecfin:v:36:y:2012:i:4:p:900-924
    DOI: 10.1007/s12197-010-9163-6

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    Depository Institutions; Nondepository Institutions; Information Disclosure; Subprime Mortgage Lending; G01; G21; G14;
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    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading


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