Did Affordable Housing Legislation Contribute to the Subprime Securities Boom?
42 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2012 Last revised: 20 Dec 2013
Date Written: October 29, 2013
No, not directly. We use a regression discontinuity approach and present new institutional evidence to investigate whether affordable housing policies influenced the market for securitized subprime mortgages. We use merged loan-level data on non-prime mortgages with individual- and neighborhood-level data for California and Florida. We find no evidence that lenders increased subprime originations or altered pricing around the discrete eligibility cutoffs for the Government Sponsored Enterprises' (GSEs) affordable housing goals or the Community Reinvestment Act. Although we find evidence that the GSEs bought significant quantities of subprime securities, our results indicate that these purchases were not directly related to their affordable housing mandates.
Keywords: mortgages, financial crisis, community reinvestment act, GSEs
JEL Classification: G21, G28, R31, R38
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