Staff Reports
Does CFPB Oversight Crimp Credit?
Number 857
June 2018

JEL classification: D18, G21, G28

Authors: Andreas Fuster, Matthew C. Plosser, and James Vickery

We study the effects of regulatory oversight by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on credit supply as well as bank risk-taking, growth, and operating costs. We use a difference-in-differences approach, making use of the fact that banks below a $10 billion size cutoff are exempt from CFPB supervision and enforcement activities. We find little evidence that CFPB oversight significantly reduces the overall volume of mortgage lending. However, we find some evidence of changes in the composition of lending—CFPB-supervised banks originated fewer loans to risky borrowers, offset by an increase in large “jumbo” mortgages. We find no clear evidence of substitution in lending between bank and nonbank subsidiaries, or effects on asset growth or bank noninterest expenses.

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AUTHOR DISCLOSURE STATEMENT(S)
Andreas Fuster
The author declares that he has no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper.

Matthew Plosser
The author declares that he has no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper.

James Vickery
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