Impact of Foreclosure Laws on Mortgage Loan Supply and Performance

Daxuan ZHAO, Yonglin WANG, Tien Foo SING

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3 Citations (Scopus)


This paper measures the impact of three types of defaulter-friendly foreclosure laws on the behaviors of mortgage lenders in loan origination, and borrowers in default decision. To disentangle the “pure” influence of foreclosure laws from that of unobserved regional factors, we use the border identification strategy to sort the loan sample in the zip codes on both sides of a border dividing states by the foreclosure laws adopted. Unlike the previous research, we find no conclusive evidence on the causal effects of foreclosure laws on loan supply and default risk. The empirical results are highly sensitive to fixed effect specifications, time period, and sample selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-200
Number of pages42
JournalJournal of Real Estate Finance and Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Border identification strategy
  • Foreclosure laws
  • Mortgage default
  • Mortgage lending

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