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Regulatory interventions in consumer financial markets: the case of credit cards

Galenianos, Manolis and Gavazza, Alessandro ORCID: 0000-0001-9236-5813 (2022) Regulatory interventions in consumer financial markets: the case of credit cards. Journal of the European Economic Association. ISSN 1542-4766

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeea/jvac016

Abstract

We build a framework to understand the effects of regulatory interventions in creditmarkets, such as caps on interest rates. We focus on the credit card market, in whichwe observe U.S. consumers borrowing at high and very dispersed interest rates despitereceiving many credit card offers. Our framework includes twomain features to accountfor these patterns: the endogenous effort of examining offers and product differentiation.Our calibration suggests that most borrowers examine few ofthe offers they receive, andthereby forego cards with low interest rates and high non-price benefits. The calibratedmodel implies that interest-rate caps reduce credit supplyand significantly curb lenders’market power, thereby increasing consumer surplus. Moderate caps may yield largergains in consumer surplus than tighter ones.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/jeea
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D14 - Personal Finance
G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G28 - Government Policy and Regulation
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 11:21
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 10:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113612

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