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ABSTRACT: Rapid growth in subprime lending over the past decade has led to rising concerns about abusive practices by subprime lenders. By early 2004, those concerns prompted Georgia and more than 30 other states to pass laws designed to eliminate abusive or predatory lending practices by the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: A dramatic rise in subprime foreclosures over the past several years has led to calls for restrictions of, or prohibitions against, a range of lending practices loosely termed “predatory.” Several cities and states have enacted legislation or regulations aimed at eliminating predatory More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: American women tend to be less financially literate than men, which is consistent with a household division of labor in which men manage finances. However, women also tend to outlive their husbands, so they will eventually need to take over this task. Using a new survey of older couples, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: We study the trend in household income uncertainty using a novel approach that measures income uncertainty as the variance of forecast errors at each future horizon separately without imposing parametric restrictions on the underlying income shocks. We find that household income More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
In her book, Reinsuring Health: Why More Middle-Class People Are Uninsured and What Government Can Do, Katherine Swartz, Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, finds that the lack of health insurance is a growing problem for young adults, moderate income More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: We propose a novel approach to estimate household income uncertainty at various future horizons and characterize how the estimated uncertainty evolves over the life cycle. We measure income uncertainty as the variance of linear forecast errors conditional on information available to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: This paper reviews the behavioral literature on inter-temporal choice and decision making under uncertainty and assesses the evidence on behavioral influences affecting consumers' credit decisions. The evidence reviewed suggests that consumers often do not consider all information More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We present new experimental evidence on heterogeneity in the formation of inflation expectations and relate the variation to economic literacy and demographics. The experimental design allows us to investigate two channels through which expectations-formation may vary across individuals: (1) the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
While Social Security’s Normal Retirement Age (NRA) is increasing to 67, the Earliest Eligibility Age (EEA) remains at 62. Similar plans to increase the EEA raise concerns that they would create excessive hardship on workers who are worn-out or in bad health. One simple rule to increase the EEA is More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Managing retirement risk has become extraordinarily difficult in this era of financial turmoil, global interlinkages, and global population aging. It is particularly fraught since consumers must now engage in long-term contracts with themselves, employers, financial institutions, and governments, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012