Are consumers who have filed for personal bankruptcy before excluded from the unsecured credit market? Using a unique data set of credit card mailings, the authors directly explore the supply of unsecured credit to consumers with the most conspicuous default risk those with a bankruptcy history. On average, over one-fifth of personalbankruptcy filers receive at least one offer in a given month, with the likelihood being even higher for those who filed for bankruptcy within the previous two years. However, offers to bankruptcy filers carry substantially less favorable terms than those to comparable consumers without a bankruptcy history, with higher interest rates, lower creditlimits, a greater likelihood of having an annual fee, and a smaller likelihood of having rewards or promotions. In addition, this analysis of credit terms typically disclosed only in the fine print suggests that offers to filers tend to include more qhiddenq costs. Tables. This is a print on demand report.Evidence from Credit Card Mailings Song Han. of bankruptcy ... Each observation of our data represents a credit card offer, with detailed information about the offer and its recipient. ... 15The majority of provisions of the new Credit CARD Act, . 10.
|Title||:||Credit Supply to Personal Bankruptcy Filers|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2011-09-10|