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Responsible Lending – Barriers to Competition

This study analyses the main barriers to effective competition in the provision of mortgage credit. The study considers and discusses barriers affecting both the supply (distance, information sharing, cross-selling practices, linkages between mortgage lenders and other market players) and the demand (switching and search costs) side of the market. Based on the available evidence it provides an assessment of the extent to which such barriers restrict competition in the mortgage market.

Study commissioned by the European Parliament


Date: June 2011
Author(s): Paolo Buccirossi, Vittoria Cerasi, Lorenzo Ciari, Giancarlo Spagnolo, Massimo Tognoni
Tag(s): Research Papers , Policy Assessments, Regulation