Females on the Fringe: Considering Gender in Payday Lending Policy

49 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2014

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Amy J. Schmitz

University of Missouri School of Law


Payday lending may provide a much-needed safety net for some consumers in need of quick cash for emergencies. However, data suggest that most payday loan borrowers become repeat users caught in a cycle of high-cost debt. Furthermore, empirical evidence indicates consistent overrepresentation of women, including many single mothers, among payday loan borrowers. This takes a toll not only on these women and their families, but also on society as a whole. Indeed, context matters in payday lending debates. It is thus time to think creatively and consider contextualized programs that aim to increase women’s and all consumers’ safe borrowing options, provide education regarding those options, and ultimately assist them in escaping cycles of debt and poverty. This Article seeks to spark the dialogue regarding such contextualized policymaking.

Keywords: contracts, consumer protection, empirical studies, behavioral economics, law and society, gender, discrimination, contract theory, remedies, e-contracts, sales, debt, financial education, consumer contracts, financial literacy

JEL Classification: K12, K40, K41, K00, K29, K20, K30, K10, K39, I22, I31

Suggested Citation

Schmitz, Amy J., Females on the Fringe: Considering Gender in Payday Lending Policy. Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 89, Iss. 1, 2014, U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2382723

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