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Relationships and Rationing in Consumer Loans

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  • Chakravarty, Sugato
  • Scott, James S

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We empirically examine how relationships between individual households and their creditors affect the probability of being credit-rationed. Using a data set where the credit-rationing of individual households is observed directly, we show that relationship duration and the number of activities between a family and a potential lender significantly lower the probability of being credit-rationed. Additionally, we examine the relative role of relationships in determining the interest rates of two consumer loans--a mortgage loan and a "special purposes" loan--and show that mortgage loan rates are driven less by relationship factors than the special purposes loan rates. Copyright 1999 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Chakravarty, Sugato & Scott, James S, 1999. "Relationships and Rationing in Consumer Loans," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 72(4), pages 523-544, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:72:y:1999:i:4:p:523-44
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