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Mortgage Choice Determinants: The Role of Risk and Bank Regulation


Dungey, M and Doko Tchatoka, FD and Wells, GM and Yanotti, MB, Mortgage Choice Determinants: The Role of Risk and Bank Regulation, Economic Record, 91, (295) pp. 417-437. ISSN 0013-0249 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015 Economic Society of Australia

DOI: doi:10.1111/1475-4932.12205


We shed new light on the role of borrower characteristics in mortgage product choice, and how these are impacted by regulatory capital requirements. Using rich loan-level data from the Australian market we analyse the borrower idiosyncratic risk e ects on the choice between variable-rate mortgages (VRMs) and other mort- gages with reduced initial payments. We nd that income, wealth and mobility risks play a role in product choice. We investigate regulatory capital requirements in a market where banks hold mortgage risk on-balance sheet and nd that the Basel capital discounts based on LTV ratios divide otherwise similar borrowers in their mortgage choices.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Mortgage Choice, Basel, Banks, Loan-to-value ratio
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Banking, finance and investment
Research Field:Financial institutions (incl. banking)
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dungey, M (Professor Mardi Dungey)
UTAS Author:Wells, GM (Associate Professor Graeme Wells)
UTAS Author:Yanotti, MB (Dr Maria Yanotti)
ID Code:100920
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2015-06-03
Last Modified:2017-11-23

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