The Community Reinvestment Act: Questionable Premises and Perverse Incentives
Keith N. Hylton
William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Boston University; Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Vincent D. Rougeau
Notre Dame Law School
Annual Review of Banking Law, Vol. 18, 1999
In this paper we will argue that the CRA as it is currently understood and enforced is no longer an appropriate tool for dealing with discrimination in the lending market and the lack of access to credit in neighborhoods dominated by minorities and people of modest, or minimal means. The statute is based on premises that are questionable in today's lending market, and thus it is not clear that the social benefits provided by the statute are significant. Further, enforcement of the statute generates certain perverse incentives that are costly to society. We emphasize the costly incentive effects in this paper. While the goals of the CRA remain desirable, the current enforcement framework should be reformed.
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JEL Classification: G21, G28Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 16, 1999
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