Joint Liability Lending and Credit Risk: Evidence from the Home Equity Market

19 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2010  

Sumit Agarwal

National University of Singapore

Brent W. Ambrose

Pennsylvania State University

Souphala Chomsisengphet

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Chunlin Liu

University of Nevada, Reno - College of Business

Date Written: July 30, 2010

Abstract

Using a unique dataset of home equity credit contracts, we examine the benefits of joint liability lending. Our results show that the risk of default for joint borrowers with similar risk scores is significantly lower than the risk associated with single borrowers. However, when joint borrowers have divergent risk scores, the risk of default is higher than the single borrowers. Our results indicate that the lower risk associated with joint liability is largely dependent upon the similarity of risk characteristics (profiles) of the joint borrowers. Our results suggest that joint liability lending per say does not reduce credit risk.

Keywords: Consumer Credit, Mortgages, Micro-finance, Information Asymmetry, household finance

JEL Classification: G21, D12, D14

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Sumit and Ambrose, Brent W. and Chomsisengphet, Souphala and Liu, Chunlin, Joint Liability Lending and Credit Risk: Evidence from the Home Equity Market (July 30, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1651306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1651306

Sumit Agarwal (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore ( email )

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Singapore, 117592
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HOME PAGE: http://www.ushakrisna.com

Brent W. Ambrose

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park, PA 16802-3306
United States
814-867-0066 (Phone)
814-865-6284 (Fax)

Souphala Chomsisengphet

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) ( email )

400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219
United States
202-649-5533 (Phone)

Chunlin Liu

University of Nevada, Reno - College of Business ( email )

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0016
United States

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