Relationships and Rationing in Consumer Loans

Posted: 1 Nov 1999

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We empirically examine how relationships between individual households and their creditors affect the probability of being credit-rationed. Using a data set where the credit rationing of individual households is observed directly, we show that relationship duration and the number of activities between a family and a potential lender significantly lower the probability of being credit-rationed. Additionally, we examine the relative role of relationships in determining the interest rates of two consumer loans--a mortgage loan and a "special purposes" loan-- and show that mortgage loan rates are driven less by relationship factors than the special purposes loan rates.

JEL Classification: G21

Suggested Citation

Chakravarty, Sugato and Scott, James S., Relationships and Rationing in Consumer Loans. The Journal of Business, Vol. 72, No. 4, October 1999. Available at SSRN:

Sugato Chakravarty (Contact Author)

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James S. Scott

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