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Consumer financial decisions
Economics of retail financial services markets
Financial and economic education
I’ve designed projects on a wide range of policy-oriented issues involving the economics of consumer credit markets. Topics have included the causes and consequences of personal bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosures; the role of credit bureau data, credit scoring and risk management tools in expanding access to consumer loans in the U.S. and globally; and the pros and cons of improved loan disclosures and regulatory limits on loan products in helping consumers to make good credit choices.
I’ve also conducted projects for the National Retail Federation and other national associations on issues such as credit card usage patterns and the impact of privacy regulations on the products and customer service offered by retail financial services firms.
I’m particularly proud of a series of projects sponsored by American Express and the Consumer Federation of America that demonstrate the rehabilitative effects of credit counseling on long-term borrower behavior. I am also proud of our efforts to create pilot demonstration projects here at the University of Arizona that pair financial education with financial products (e.g., savings programs; student loans) to encourage and support completion of higher education degrees.
Please contact Dr. Michael Staten if you are unable to locate one of the publications listed below.
Durkin, Thomas, Gregory Elliehausen, Michael Staten and Todd Zywicki. (forthcoming 2013). Consumer Credit and the American Economy. Oxford University Press.
Refereed journal articles
Smith, L. Douglas, Michael Staten, Thomas Eyesell, Maureen Karig, Elizabeth Freeborn and Andrea Golden. 2013 (in press). “Accuracy of Information Maintained by U.S. Credit Bureaus: Frequency of Errors and Effects on Consumers’ Credit Scores. Journal of Consumer Affairs.
Brown, Daniel, Charles Link and Michael Staten. (2012). The Success and Failure of Counseling Agency Debt Repayment Plans. Eastern Economic Journal, 38: 99-117.
Barron, J.M., and Staten, M.E., (2008). The Emergence of Captive Finance Companies and Risk Segmentation in Loan Markets: Theory and Evidence. Journal of Money Credit and Banking. 40, 173-192.
Elliehausen, G., Staten, M.E., & Steinbucks, J. (2008). The Effect of Prepayment Penalties on the Pricing of Subprime Mortgages. Journal of Economics and Business. 60, 33-46.
Ellliehausen, G., Staten, M.E., & Lundquist, E.C. (2007). The Impact of Credit Counseling on Subsequent Borrower Credit Usage and Payment Behavior. Journal of Consumer Affairs. 41, 1-28.
Staten, M.E. (2006). The Evolution of the Credit Counseling Industry. The Economics of Consumer Credit, edited by Bertola, et al, The MIT Press. 275-300.
Elliehausen, G. & Staten, M.E. (2004). Regulation of Subprime Mortgage Products: An Analysis of North Carolina’s Predatory Lending Law. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. 29, pp 411-433.
Cate, F., Litan, R. Staten, M.E., & Wallison, P. (2003). Financial Privacy, Consumer Prosperity and the Public Good: Maintaining the Balance. AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.
Cate, F. & Staten, M.E., (2003). The Impact of Opt-In Rules on Retail Credit Markets: A Case Study of MBNA. Duke Law Journal, 52, pp 745-786.
Barron, J.M., Staten, M.E., & Wilshusen, S. (2002). The Impact of Casino Gambling on Personal Bankruptcy Filing Rates. Contemporary Economic Policy. 20, 440-455.
Carow, K. & Staten, M.E., (2002). Plastic Choices: Consumer Usage of Third Party vs. Proprietary Credit Cards. Journal of Economics and Finance. 26, 216-232.