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May 2022

Many consumers below the top of the distribution of a representative population by cognitive abilities barely react to monetary and fiscal policies that aim to stimulate consumption and borrowing, even when they are financially unconstrained and despite substantial debt capacity. Differences in inco...
Keywords: Cognition, Behavioral Macroeconomics, Heterogeneous Agents, Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Beliefs, Red
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May 2022

This paper documents the link between political voice and economic decision-making. Combining the dilution of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as a shock to the enfranchisement of Black Americans with granular data on the US mortgage market, we document a 14.7% decline in mortgage origination for ...
Keywords: voting rights, mortgages, lending, race, discrimination, fear of rejection, homophily
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May 2022

Using the introduction of an asset based two-tiered evaluation scheme in the 1995 CRA reform, we examine the consequences of regulatory avoidance. Banks exploit the attribute-based regulation by strategically slowing asset growth, bunching below the $250M threshold. The regulatory avoidance also pro...
Keywords: CRA, Financial Institutions, Regulatory Avoidance, Attribute-based Regulation
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May 2022

We analyze how individual investors respond to inflation. We introduce a unique dataset containing information on local inflation and security portfolios of more than 2,000 clients of a German bank between 1920 and 1924, covering the German hyperinflation. We find that individual investors buy less ...
Keywords: inflation, investor behavior, individual investors, behavioral biases, money illusion
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May 2022

Using an equilibrium macro-housing model with incomplete markets, defaultable mortgage debt, and endogenous liquidity, this paper analyzes how institutional details of the housing finance system impact macroeconomic fragility and the magnitude of boom-bust episodes. With a focus on the recent U.S. e...
Keywords: Housing, Consumption, liquidity, Debt, Great Recession
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