Is Race an Important Factor in Bank–Customer Preferences? The Case of Mortgage Lending

Is Race an Important Factor in Bank–Customer Preferences? The Case of Mortgage Lending This paper tests whether there is a preference by borrowers and lenders of a particular ethnic or racial group that may predispose them to borrow and lend from each other. Using a narrow geographic area called zip code clusters, this paper groups minority-owned and non-minority-owned banks to allow for a homogenous applicant pool from which both borrower and lender preferences can be determined. This study compares Asian-owned, black-owned and Hispanic-owned banks versus white-owned banks that are located in the same zip code and adjacent zip codes. The results show that borrowing preferences exist between all applicant groups and banks from the same racial classification. In addition, some cross-racial borrowing preferences exist. The results show that across sample lending preferences exist for both black and white applicants with black-owned banks and white applicants with white-owned banks that are located in the same area as Asian-owned banks. Also, the results of the within sample lending preference model shows that white-owned banks have a preference for white applicants, at the expense of Hispanic applicants and both white-owned and Asian-owned banks exhibit a preference for Asian applicants. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics Springer Journals

Is Race an Important Factor in Bank–Customer Preferences? The Case of Mortgage Lending

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Economics; Regional/Spatial Science; Financial Services
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