Rakshith S. Ponnathpur & Nitin Vishen


Governments and lenders present mortgage moratoria to assist struggling debtors, significantly throughout an financial disaster. Whereas it could possibly present aid to debtors, such a coverage additionally has a chance of inducing ethical hazard among the many beneficiaries. However it’s tough to segregate the consequences of the disaster itself from that of moratorium as a aid measure, on mortgage compensation habits. On this paper, we use an unanticipated announcement of lockdown to curb the unfold of Covid-19 in India on March twenty fifth 2020 to estimate the impression of moratorium on mortgage compensation behaviour. The Reserve Financial institution of India introduced a moratorium on March twenty seventh 2020, on fee of all mortgage instalments falling due between March 1, 2020, and Might 31, 2020. Debtors whose loans have been due within the final week of March 2020, i.e., between March twenty fifth to thirty first, 2020, however weren’t capable of repay as a consequence of lockdown restrictions, thereby availed the moratorium throughout March 2020. Whereas debtors whose installment due dates have been between March 1st-Twenty fourth, 2020, and had already repaid their installments earlier than the lockdown, may solely avail the moratorium from April 2020 onwards. We use this arbitrary date cut-off imposed by the announcement of lockdown for the identification of causal impression of 1 further month of moratorium on debtors’ mortgage compensation habits put up the moratorium. We discover that an additional month of moratorium led to a 6.4 proportion level increased month-to-month default charge and a 2.5 proportion level increased Non-Performing Property (NPA) classification charge amongst debtors after the moratorium. We additionally discover an extra month of moratorium led to the next NPA classification charge amongst particular person mortgage debtors (5.6%) in comparison with joint-liability group mortgage debtors (2.4%) who’re peer-monitored, suggesting ethical hazard may clarify the noticed borrower behaviour put up the moratorium.

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Ponnathpur, R. S., & Vishen, N. (2023). Does moratorium have an effect on mortgage compensation behaviour? Retrieved from Dvara Analysis.


Ponnathpur, Rakshith S. and Nitin Vishen. “Does moratorium have an effect on mortgage compensation behaviour?” 2023. Dvara Analysis.


Ponnathpur, Rakshith S., and Nitin Vishen. 2023. “Does moratorium have an effect on mortgage compensation behaviour?” Dvara Analysis.

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