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A Tale of Three Markets: The Law and Economics of Predatory Lending


Kathleen C. Engel


Suffolk University Law School

Patricia A. McCoy


Boston College Law School

October 24, 2012

Texas Law Review, Vol. 80, No. 6, p. 1255, 2002

Abstract:     
Predatory lending - the practice of making exploitative high-cost loans to naive borrowers - has spurred policy-makers, activists, lenders and scholars to debate whether intervention is warranted and, if so, what type of intervention is appropriate. The solution requires understanding the incentives in the home mortgage market that have fueled predatory lending. Recent changes in the credit market have created new possibilities for lenders to profit by exploiting information asymmetries to the detriment of unsophisticated borrowers. As a result, a new, predatory lending market has emerged alongside the legitimate prime and subprime home mortgage markets. Neither market forces nor existing legal remedies are sufficient to correct predatory lending. Instead, government intervention is needed. The authors propose a new, narrowly tailored remedy - suitability - that would require predatory lenders to internalize the costs of the harm they cause.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 113

Keywords: Predatory lending, subprime mortgages, lending discrimination

JEL Classification: G21, G28, K23

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Date posted: October 11, 2001 ; Last revised: October 24, 2012

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Engel, Kathleen C. and McCoy, Patricia A., A Tale of Three Markets: The Law and Economics of Predatory Lending (October 24, 2012). Texas Law Review, Vol. 80, No. 6, p. 1255, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=286649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.286649

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Kathleen Engel
Suffolk University Law School ( email )
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States
617-994-6831 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.suffolk.edu/directories/administrator.cfm?InstructorID=1111

Patricia Ann McCoy (Contact Author)
Boston College Law School ( email )
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459-1163
United States

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