Ditching the Middle Class with Financial Regulation

64 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2017

Date Written: July 25, 2017


We document that, since 2011, mortgage lenders reduced credit to middle-class households by 15% and increased credit to wealthy households by 21%. Credit to low-income households was unaffected. Results hold at the individual-loan level and zip-code level, and at the intensive margin and extensive margin. The redistribution increased monotonically with the size of the lender. The collapse of the private-label securitization market, banks’ risk-management concerns, wealth polarization, post-crisis policies of GSEs, or pre-crisis indebtment are unlikely to explain the results. The results appear consistent with large banks reacting more to the increased costs of origination imposed by financial regulation.

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D'Acunto, Francesco and Rossi, Alberto G., Ditching the Middle Class with Financial Regulation (July 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3059191 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3059191

Francesco D'Acunto

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Alberto G. Rossi (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
United States

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