Introduction to Special Issue: The Appropriate Role of Government in U.S. Mortgage Markets
10 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 2018
The U.S. mortgage finance system was one of the focal points of the 2007-08 financial crisis, yet legislative decisions about the appropriate role of the federal government in the system remain unsettled. Policy deliberations have focused on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—the two enormous government-sponsored enterprises that were placed into federal conservatorship in September 2008. The two GSEs have long been the centerpieces of a mortgage finance system that relies on capital market financing of U.S. residential mortgages. This volume contains eight articles that touch on several key components of housing finance reform. We hope that the insights offered here will assist legislative efforts aimed at promoting a more efficient, equitable, and financially sound mortgage system in the future.
Keywords: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, housing finance, mortgages, financial crisis, government intervention
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G22, G28, H12
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