Bank Branch Presence and Access to Credit in Low- to Moderate-Income Neighborhoods
Abstract:Banks specialize in lending to informationally opaque borrowers by collecting soft information about them. Some researchers claim that this process requires a physical presence in the market to lower information collection costs. This paper provides evidence in support of this argument in the mortgage market for low-income borrowers whose access to credit is limited by their inadequate credit histories. Mortgage originations increase and interest spreads decline when there is a bank branch located in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Ozgur Emre Ergungoris a Senior Research Economist, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (: )., Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2010-10-01