Disentangling the Effects of Household Financial Constraints and Risk Profile on Mortgage Rates

47 Pages Posted: 5 May 2015 Last revised: 29 Mar 2016

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Santiago Carbo-Valverde

University of Granada

Sergio Mayordomo

Banco de España

Francisco Rodriguez-Fernandez

University of Granada - Department of Economic Theory and History

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Date Written: May 4, 2015

Abstract

In this paper we disentangle the impact of household financial constraints on the mortgage rate from a number of dimensions of credit risk. The constraints employed in our analysis depend on the desired home value and not on the purchase price, as otherwise constraints would be specific to homeowners, whereas we deal with renters and owners through the Heckman selection model. This analysis relies on a dataset that contains information on the economic and financial decisions of Spanish households in four different years: 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011. Our results suggest that banks’ profitable customers are able to bargain for lower mortgage rates. However, contrary to other studies, the risk profile does not have a significant effect on interest rates. Credit institutions tend to charge higher rates during the crisis to all customers, irrespective of their risk profiles.

Keywords: mortgages, financial constraints, credit risk

JEL Classification: G21, R21

Suggested Citation

Carbo-Valverde, Santiago and Mayordomo, Sergio and Rodriguez-Fernandez, Francisco, Disentangling the Effects of Household Financial Constraints and Risk Profile on Mortgage Rates (May 4, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2602204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2602204

Santiago Carbo-Valverde

University of Granada ( email )

C/Rector López Argueta S/N
Granada, Granada 18071
Spain

Sergio Mayordomo (Contact Author)

Banco de España ( email )

Alcala 50
Madrid 28014
Spain

Francisco Rodriguez-Fernandez

University of Granada - Department of Economic Theory and History ( email )

Granada
Spain

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