Credit Where it Counts: Maintaining a Strong Community Reinvestment Act
Michael S. Barr
University of Michigan Law School
The Brookings Institution, Research Brief, May 2005
Michigan Law and Economics Research Paper
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has helped to revitalize low- and moderate-income communities and provided expanded opportunities for low- and moderate-income households. Recent regulatory steps aimed at alleviating burdens on banks and thrifts are unwarranted, and may diminish small business lending as well as community development investments and services. This policy brief explains the rationale for CRA, demonstrates its effectiveness, and argues that the recent regulatory proposals should be withdrawn or significantly modified.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Banking & Financial Institutions, Regulation, Law & Economics, Institutions & Development, Development Economics
JEL Classification: D10, D60, G21, I38, K20, O16Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 11, 2005
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