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In defense of usury laws

Coco, Giuseppe and de Meza, David (2009) In defense of usury laws. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 41 (8). pp. 1691-1703. ISSN 0022-2879

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1538-4616.2009.00274.x


Usury law is often criticized by economists for curtailing lending and thus creating deadweight costs. This paper shows that if moral hazard leads to credit rationing, a just-binding usury law creates a deadweight gain. This property also holds in most market-clearing equilibria. Independent of social insurance benefits, or curbing present-biased preferences, interest rate caps have merit.

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Additional Information: © 2009 The Ohio State University
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 15:48
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 00:24

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