Scott Carrell, Jonathan Zinman, In Damage’s Means?
Does borrowing at 400% APR do more harm than good? The U.S. Department of Defense believes therefore and effectively lobbied for a 36% APR limit on loans to servicemen. But current evidence on exactly just how use of high-interest financial obligation impacts borrowers is inconclusive. We estimate effects of cash advance access on enlisted workers making use of exogenous variation in Air Force rules assigning workers to bases throughout the united states of america, and within-state variation in lending laws with time. Airmen work performance and retention decreases with cash advance access, and readiness that is severely poor. These impacts are strongest among reasonably inexperienced and airmen that are financially unsophisticated.
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