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How Do Payday Loans Affect Borrowers? Evidence from the U.K. Market

Payday loans are controversial high-cost, short-term lending products, banned in many U.S. states. But debates surrounding their benefits to consumers continue. We analyze the effects of payday loans on consumers by using a unique data set including 99% of loans approved in the United Kingdom over a two-year period matched to credit files. Using a regression discontinuity research design, our results show that payday loans provide short-lived liquidity gains and encourage consumers to take on additional credit. However, in the following months, payday loans cause persistent increases in defaults and cause consumers to exceed their bank overdraft limits.

Authors:  John Gathergood, Benedict Guttman-Kenney and Stefan Hunt

 

 

Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2018

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