Housing bubble fuelled by light-touch regulation: IMF paper

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An International Monetary Fund paper published on Wednesday shows lightly regulated non-bank mortgage originators contributed disproportionately to the recent boom-bust housing cycle in the United States.

Jihad Dagher and Ning Fu, the paper's authors, use county-level data on mortgage originations to examine the market share of independent non-bank lenders and how their increased market participation contributed to the subprime mortgage crisis in the US.

The authors show the relationship between

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