Consumer Credit and the American Economy
The book then discusses technological change in credit granting. It examines how modern automated information systems called credit reporting agencies, or more popularly "credit bureaus, " reduce the costs of information acquisition and permit greater credit availability at less cost. This discussion is followed by examination of the logical offspring of technology, the ubiquitous credit card that permits consumers access to both payments and credit services worldwide virtually instantly. After a chapter on institutions that have arisen to supply credit to individuals for whom mainstream credit is often unavailable, including "payday loans " and other small dollar sources of loans, discussion turns to legal structure and the regulation of consumer credit. There are separate chapters on the theories behind the two main thrusts of federal regulation to this point, fairness for all and financial disclosure. Following these chapters, there is another on state regulation that has long focused on marketplace access and pricing. Before a final concluding chapter, another chapter focuses on two noncredit marketplace products that are closely related to credit.
The first of them, debt protection including credit insurance and other forms of credit protection, is economically a complement. The second product, consumer leasing, is a substitute for credit use in many situations, especially involving acquisition of automobiles. This chapter is followed by a full review of consumer bankruptcy, what happens in the worst of cases when consumers find themselves unable to repay their loans. Because of the importance of consumer credit in consumers' financial affairs, the intended audience includes anyone interested in these issues, not only specialists who spend much of their time focused on them. For this reason, the authors have carefully avoided academic jargon and the mathematics that is the modern language of economics. It also examines the psychological, sociological, historical, and especially legal traditions that go into fully understanding what has led to the demand for consumer credit and to what the markets and institutions that provide these products have become today.
- Hardback | 736 pages
- 157.48 x 233.68 x 48.26mm | 1,202.01g
- 14 Aug 2014
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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surrounding the government's role than this book provides. * Peter J. Wallison, American Enterprise Institute and Former General Counsel, US Treasury Department * The Financial Management Association's Survey and Synthesis Series provides volumes to examine the most important areas of financial systems. This book far exceeds this goal for the consumer credit sector. Written by highly regarded experts, it is the most comprehensive work available for consumer credit, and it is comprehensible. The book is valuable for those who want to understand the institutional importance, role, regulation, and growth of consumer
credit as well as for theorists and scholars who develop sophisticated neoclassical and behavioral demand and supply models. * David A. Walker, Georgetown University and Former President and Board Chair, Financial Management Association International * If you think the development, history, and behavioral aspects of consumer credit are not exciting, read this comprehensive treatise of the topic as an emergent order of behavioral and parallel institutional rules, with no commanding identifiable leader. Particularly informative and original is their examination of the cognitive biases, experimental, and behavioral literature. * Vernon L. Smith, Chapman University and Nobel Laureate in Economics * This is a book for both professional economists who do and do not specialize in this field and for informed laypersons who want to understand better this important facet of the economy. For the first time a single work brings together the history, economics, sociology, law, and regulation of consumer credit markets and institutions. It will become the standard source and reference for questions of public policy in this important area. * Timothy J. Muris, George Mason University and Former Chairman, Federal Trade Commission *
About Thomas A. Durkin
Gregory Elliehausen has also specialized in the economics and regulation of consumer financial services, as Economist and Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and in the academic sector as Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University and Associate Professor at George Washington University.
Michael E. Staten has also specialized in the economics and regulation of consumer financial services in the academic sector at the University of Arizona, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, and the University of Delaware.