The Community Reinvestment Act and the profitability of mortgage-oriented banks
Glenn B. Canner and
No 1997-7, Finance and Economics Discussion Series from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requires lenders "to help meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered, consistent with the safe and sound operation of such institutions.'' For proponents of efficient markets, the CRA is a threat to lender profitability. For others, the CRA has the potential to increase profitability. We examine the relative profitability of commercial banks that specialize in mortgage lending in lower-income neighborhoods or to lower-income borrowers using three different techniques, and find that lenders active in lower-income neighborhoods and with lower-income borrowers appear to be as profitable as other mortgage-oriented commercial banks.
Keywords: Bank profits; Community Reinvestment Act of 1977; Mortgages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:fip:fedgfe:1997-7
Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.federalre ... /feds/fedsorder.html
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Finance and Economics Discussion Series from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Marlene Vikor ().