Do Women Pay More for Mortgages?

29 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009

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Ping Cheng

Florida Atlantic University - Finance

Zhenguo (Len) Lin

Florida International University (FIU) - Hollo School of Real Estate

Yingchun Liu

Dept. of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, University of North Texas

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Date Written: September 20, 2009

Abstract

This paper documents women on average pay more for mortgages than men. The disparity cannot be fully explained by traditional variables such as mortgage features, borrower characteristics, and market conditions. While the persistence of gender disparity may suggest discrimination, we offer a different explanation: women pay higher rates because they are more likely to choose lenders by recommendation while men tend to search for the lowest rate. Our empirical test confirms that search effort is rewarded in marketplace, and suggests that gender disparity in mortgage rates may be addressed by policies aimed at improving women’s financial literacy and search skills.

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Ping and Lin, Zhenguo and Liu, Yingchun, Do Women Pay More for Mortgages? (September 20, 2009). Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1491729

Ping Cheng

Florida Atlantic University - Finance ( email )

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Zhenguo Lin (Contact Author)

Florida International University (FIU) - Hollo School of Real Estate ( email )

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Yingchun Liu

Dept. of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, University of North Texas ( email )

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Denton, TX 76203
United States

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