Changes in the Payday Lending Industry: Does Regulation Depend Solely on Which Party Holds Power?
8 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2015 Last revised: 10 Oct 2015
Date Written: August 24, 2015
Payday lenders are not everyone's favorite firms. Many individuals consider the typical 300 to 400 percent interest rate that they charge typically on a $300 two-week loan outrageously high. Many assert that payday lenders are engaging in predatory lending because relatively low-income and less-educated individuals are getting the loans and paying the high rates. The response of the payday lending industry to these concerns is that their customers take out such loans due to financial distress and are charged high-interest rates because they are riskier than other borrowers. Given all the focus on the two political parties these days and the current controversy over the payday lending industry, it seems only appropriate to examine whether Democrats or Republicans are more favorably disposed to this industry. We do this by first determining which of the two political parties controls the Governorship and Senate and House of the Legislature in each of the states and then by examining the degree of stringency imposed on the operations of payday lenders associated with the different parties in those states.
Keywords: Payday Lending, Predatory Lending
JEL Classification: G21, G28, G29, N2
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