Debt collection agencies and the supply of consumer credit

Viktar Fedaseyeu (First Author)

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This paper finds that stricter laws regulating third-party debt collection reduce the number of third-party debt collectors, lower the recovery rates on delinquent credit card loans, and lead to a modest decrease in the openings of new revolving lines of credit. Further, stricter third-party debt collection laws are associated with fewer consumer lawsuits against third-party debt collectors but not with a reduction in the overall number of consumer complaints. Overall, stricter third-party debt collection laws appear to restrict access to new revolving credit but have an ambiguous effect on the nonpecuniary costs that the debt collection process imposes on borrowers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-221
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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  • Consumer credit
  • Contract enforcement
  • Creditor rights
  • Debt collection
  • Household finance
  • Law and finance

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  • ABDC-A*
  • Scopus
  • SSCI


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