How Do Regulators Influence Mortgage Risk? Evidence from an Emerging Market
50 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 2012
To understand the effects of regulation on mortgage risk, it is instructive to track the history of regulatory changes in a country rather than to rely entirely on cross-country evidence that can be contaminated by unobserved heterogeneity. However, in developed countries with fairly stable systems of financial regulation, it is difficult to track these effects. We employ loan-level data on over a million loans disbursed in India over the 1995 to 2010 period to understand how fast-changing regulation impacted mortgage lending and risk. We find evidence that regulation has important effects on mortgage rates and delinquencies in both the time-series and the cross-section.
Keywords: delinquencies, emerging markets, India, mortgage finance, regulation
JEL Classification: G21, G28, R21, R31
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation