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Securitization: Cause or Remedy of the Financial Crisis?


Adam J. Levitin


Georgetown University Law Center

Andrey D. Pavlov


Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Finance Area

Susan M. Wachter


University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School, Department of Real Estate

August 27, 2009

Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1462895
U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 09-31

Abstract:     
This article describes the causes of the boom and bust in the U.S. housing market, which brought down not just the U.S. financial system but the global economy. How did this vicious cycle begin? How did home prices appreciate so far and so fast? Why did rational investors not recognize and stop mispricing and investing in these loans on Wall Street? We offer a supply-side explanation of the mortgage crisis. At the root of the crisis was a new class of specialized mortgage lenders and securitizers unrestricted by regulations governing traditional lending and securitization. Eager to take profits in an originate-to-distribute lending model, aggressive lenders piled in by offering loans with low upfront costs, attracting first-time home buyers previously unable to afford houses, repeat buyers buying pricier homes and second homes, as well as speculators. These practices drove prices particularly high in Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada, which had significant land-use regulations and environmental controls that reduced supply elasticity, leading increases in demand to trigger mostly higher prices instead of a greater supply of housing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: securitization, mortgages, subprime, bubble, housing finance, MBS, mortgage-backed securities, credit default swaps, mispricing

JEL Classification: G21, K20, G24

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Date posted: August 28, 2009 ; Last revised: May 16, 2012

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Levitin, Adam J. and Pavlov, Andrey D. and Wachter, Susan M., Securitization: Cause or Remedy of the Financial Crisis? (August 27, 2009). Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1462895; U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 09-31. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1462895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1462895

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Adam J. Levitin (Contact Author)
Georgetown University Law Center ( email )
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Washington, DC 20001
United States
Andrey D. Pavlov
Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Finance Area ( email )
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada
604 291 5835 (Phone)
604 291 4920 (Fax)
Susan M. Wachter
University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School, Department of Real Estate ( email )
The Wharton School
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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6330
United States
215-898-6355 (Phone)

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