Chan, Sewin and Gedal, Michael and Been, Vicki and Haughwout, Andrew (2011): The role of neighborhood characteristics in mortgage default risk: evidence from New York City.
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Using a rich database of non-prime mortgages from New York City, we find that census tract level neighborhood characteristics are important predictors of default behavior, even after controlling for an extensive set of controls for loan and borrower characteristics. First, default rates increase with the rate of foreclosure notices and the number of lender-owned properties (REOs) in the tract. Second, default rates on home purchase mortgages are higher in census tracts with larger shares of black residents, regardless of the borrower’s own race. We explore possible explanations for this second finding and conclude that it likely reflects differential treatment of black neighborhoods by the mortgage industry in ways that are unobserved in our data.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The role of neighborhood characteristics in mortgage default risk: evidence from New York City|
|Keywords:||mortgage, default, neighborhoods, race|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services
R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics
|Depositing User:||Unnamed user with email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Date Deposited:||07. Oct 2011 16:57|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 03:46|
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