Structuring mortgages for macroeconomic stability



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Authors / Editors

Campbell J Y; Clara N; Cocco J


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We study mortgage design features aimed at stabilizing the macroeconomy. Using a calibrated life-cycle model with competitive risk-averse lenders, we consider an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) with an option that during recessions allows borrowers to pay only interest on their loan and extend its maturity. We find that this option has several advantages: it stabilizes consumption growth over the business cycle, shifts defaults to expansions, and lowers the equilibrium mortgage rate by stabilizing cash flows to lenders. These advantages are magnified in a low and stable real interest rate environment where the standard ARM delivers less budget relief in a recession


Household finance; Mortgages

Publication Notes

Presented at the 2018 NBER Summer Institute (Capital Markets and the Economy, Real Estate).


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