Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics

CeDEx 2015-13: Financial Literacy, Present Bias and Alternative Mortgage Products (revised version available 2015-15)


Policymakers have expressed concern that some mortgage holders do not understand or correctly choose their mortgage products, especially alternative mortgage products (AMPs) with back-loaded payments. Using a specially design question module in a UK survey, we investigate the impact of consumer financial sophistication on the decision to choose an AMP over a standard repayment mortgage. We show poor financial literacy and present bias raise the likelihood of choosing an AMP. Financially literate individuals are also more likely to choose an adjustable rate mortgage, suggesting they avoid paying the term premium of a fixed rate mortgage.

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John Gathergood and Joerg Weber

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Posted on Friday 12th June 2015

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