Previous research has analyzed the problem faced by borrowers who must choose between fixed rate and variable rate loans when each loan carries different cost and risk characteristics and the borrowers face various income and employment prospects. In addition, the existing literature contains theoretical and empirical studies of how lenders react when given the ability to offer both fixed and variable rate financing. This article unifies the two strands of research to develop and test a model of the equilibrium proportion of variable rate lending. Results indicate that factors related to borrower, lender, and market characteristics are significant determinants of the equilibrium proportion of variable rate credit originated.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics