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Barriers To Market Discipline: A Comparative Study Of Mortgage Market Regulation, Vincent Di Lorenzo Jan 2011

Barriers To Market Discipline: A Comparative Study Of Mortgage Market Regulation, Vincent Di Lorenzo

Vincent Di Lorenzo

This paper explores mortgage market reforms in the U.S. and U.K. in response to the recent mortgage market crisis. Two issues are examined. First, the paper explores the extent to which regulatory bodies have recognized behavioral barriers to market discipline on the part of not only consumers but also industry actors. Second the paper examines the varied response in the U.S. and U.K. to both market limitations and behavioral limitations to self-protection and self-discipline that led to unsafe lending practices in the period 2003 through 2007. The greater emphasis on rules-based regulation in the U.S ...