Which Communities Complain to Policymakers? Evidence from Consumer Sentinel

37 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2018

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Devesh Raval

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics

Date Written: July 10, 2018

Abstract

I use a large database of millions of complaints to examine how per-capita complaint rates vary across communities, as well as heterogeneity in complaining across different agencies and consumer protection issues. I find higher complaint rates in more heavily black, more educated, and more urban communities and lower complaint rates in more heavily Hispanic and higher household size communities. The demographics of complaints are quite different for the CFPB, with much higher rates of complaints from black and college educated areas compared to the FTC or BBBs. I also find much higher rates of finance related complaints from black communities.

Keywords: consumer complaint and dispute, customer satisfaction, public data, demographics

JEL Classification: M38, K42

Suggested Citation

Raval, Devesh, Which Communities Complain to Policymakers? Evidence from Consumer Sentinel (July 10, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3221248 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3221248

Devesh Raval (Contact Author)

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics ( email )

600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States

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