Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Disciplines

Banking and Finance Law | Law | Legislation | Torts

Abstract

At the heart of all serious thought about consumer financial products is the difficulty of understanding the mental processes by which consumers evaluate, compare, and use those products. Usury proposals from scholars and policy makers depend on explicit or implicit assumptions about how interest-rate caps will affect the mix of products available in the marketplace and the choices that consumers make among them. Legislators and lobbyists that decry a torrent of consumer bankruptcy filings rely explicitly on the claim that consumers abuse credit products. Proposals to outlaw products like payday loans assume that those who use the products are so cognitively impaired that they would be better off with fewer options.

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Copyright © 2008 Texas Law Review Association.

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