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Automatic enrollment has been widely embraced for raising employee participation in 401(k) plans. However, the empirical evidence is based on data with limitations that, up until now, have prevented researchers from extrapolating the effects of automatic enrollment to the broader population of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: ​Retirement Savings Plan,
Date: 11/17/2015
We propose a model of narrow framing in insurance and test it using data from a new module we designed and fielded in the Health and Retirement Study. We show that respondents subject to narrow framing are substantially less likely to buy long-term care insurance than average. This effect is much More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: ​Insurance,
Date: 11/17/2015
This report describes several linked empirical studies that examine the activities of public libraries in increasing the financial literacy of their service population. It describes a qualitative field study of librarians’ perceptions of the challenges in offering financial literacy-based More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 7/17/2014
We evaluate the effects of the lending institution and soft information on mortgage loan performance for low-income homebuyers. We find that even after controlling for bank selection, those who receive a loan from a local bank are significantly less likely to become delinquent or default than other More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The exact cause of the massive defaults and foreclosures in the U.S. subprime mortgage market is still unclear. This paper investigates whether a particular aspect of borrowers' financial literacy—their numerical ability—may have played a role. We measure several aspects of financial literacy and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We evaluate laws designed to protect borrowers from foreclosure. We find that these laws delay but do not prevent foreclosures. We first compare states that require lenders to seek judicial permission to foreclose with states that do not. Borrowers in judicial states are no more likely to cure and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
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 manual review of applications is an important component of statistically modeled fair lending exams. How files to review are identified affect both resource allocation and reliability of conclusions. This study uses Monte Carlo simulation to compare how six outlier identification More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This paper tests for the presence of age and gender discrimination in the loan underwriting process. We modify the tools used during the past exams to test for racial discrimination and apply them here to test for the presence of disparate treatment on the basis of age and gender. Using HMDA data 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