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Remaking Mortgage Markets by Remaking Mortgages: US Housing Finance after the Crisis
Univ Illinois, Dept Urban Planning & Policy, Chicago, IL 60607 USA.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2018 (English)In: Economic Geography, ISSN 0013-0095, E-ISSN 1944-8287, Vol. 94, no 3, p. 238-258Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the post- financial crisis reregulation of US housing finance, focusing on reforms to rein in excessive risk taking and reconstitute the private circulation of mortgage debt. We begin by situating current initiatives-namely, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010-in a much longer trajectory of attempts to construct a national market for home mortgages. Following the theorization of the economy of qualities by Callon, Meadel, and Rabeharisoa, we argue that a dominant theme throughout has been creating or fixing mortgage markets by performing work on the commodities-the mortgage products-that circulate in them. In light of this history, we argue that Dodd-Frank's primary novelty lies in the way it alters relations between those products and market-supporting institutions, laws, and regulations. We conclude that this shapes a new set of contradictions and conflicts between market liquidity and risk taking, on the one hand, and the original concerns with financial safety and soundness, on the other.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2018. Vol. 94, no 3, p. 238-258
Keywords [en]
marketization, housing finance, mortgage lending, financial crisis, financial regulation, United States
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Economics Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358339DOI: 10.1080/00130095.2016.1229125ISI: 000433945100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-358339DiVA, id: diva2:1242262
Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2018-08-27Bibliographically approved

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