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A look back: what we now know about the causes of the US mortgage crisis


  • Dan Immergluck


This article reviews what we know about the causes of the US mortgage crisis, almost a decade after the crisis began. The paper summarizes the key forces that led to the crisis or, in some cases, to the development of a fundamentally fragile mortgage market, whose vulnerability helped enable the crisis. While some factors, such as federal policies pre-empting state consumer protection laws, were near-term spurs to higher levels of subprime lending, others - such as the migration of lending activity from savings and loans to less regulated mortgage companies - led to the development of a mortgage market that was more risk-loving, less regulated, and more prone to cataclysmic failure.

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  • Dan Immergluck, 2015. "A look back: what we now know about the causes of the US mortgage crisis," International Journal of Urban Sciences, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 269-285, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rjusxx:v:19:y:2015:i:3:p:269-285
    DOI: 10.1080/12265934.2015.1044460

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    1. Atif Mian & Amir Sufi, 2008. "The Consequences of Mortgage Credit Expansion: Evidence from the 2007 Mortgage Default Crisis," NBER Working Papers 13936, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Sumit Agarwal & Efraim Benmelech & Nittai Bergman & Amit Seru, 2012. "Did the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Lead to Risky Lending?," NBER Working Papers 18609, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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