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Consumer lending in France and America : credit and welfare

Consumer lending in France and America : credit and welfare

Material type
단행본
Personal Author
Trumbull, Gunnar.
Title Statement
Consumer lending in France and America : credit and welfare / Gunnar Trumbull, Harvard Business School.
Publication, Distribution, etc
New York, NY :   Cambridge University Press,   2014.  
Physical Medium
xi, 228 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781107015654 (hardback) 9781107693906 (paperback)
요약
"Why did America embrace consumer credit over the course of the twentieth century, when most other countries did not? How did American policy makers by the late twentieth century come to believe that more credit would make even poor families better off? This book traces the historical emergence of modern consumer lending in America and France. If Americans were profligate in their borrowing, the French were correspondingly frugal. Comparison of the two countries reveals that America's love affair with credit was not primarily the consequence of its culture of consumption, as many writers have observed, nor directly a consequences of its less generous welfare state. It emerged instead from evolving coalitions between fledgling consumer lenders seeking to make their business socially acceptable and a range of non-governmental groups working to promote public welfare, labor, and minority rights. In France, where a similar coalition did not emerge, consumer credit continued to be perceived as economically regressive and socially risky"--
Bibliography, Etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Added Entry-Topical Term
Consumer credit --United States. Consumer credit --France. Bank loans --United States. Bank loans --France. Public welfare --France. Public welfare --United States.
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245 1 0 ▼a Consumer lending in France and America : ▼b credit and welfare / ▼c Gunnar Trumbull, Harvard Business School.
260 ▼a New York, NY : ▼b Cambridge University Press, ▼c 2014.
300 ▼a xi, 228 p. : ▼b ill. ; ▼c 23 cm.
504 ▼a Includes bibliographical references and index.
520 ▼a "Why did America embrace consumer credit over the course of the twentieth century, when most other countries did not? How did American policy makers by the late twentieth century come to believe that more credit would make even poor families better off? This book traces the historical emergence of modern consumer lending in America and France. If Americans were profligate in their borrowing, the French were correspondingly frugal. Comparison of the two countries reveals that America's love affair with credit was not primarily the consequence of its culture of consumption, as many writers have observed, nor directly a consequences of its less generous welfare state. It emerged instead from evolving coalitions between fledgling consumer lenders seeking to make their business socially acceptable and a range of non-governmental groups working to promote public welfare, labor, and minority rights. In France, where a similar coalition did not emerge, consumer credit continued to be perceived as economically regressive and socially risky"-- ▼c Provided by publisher.
520 ▼a "At the beginning of the 20th century, consumer credit in the United States was perceived as unfair and exploitative. Social reformers fought to limit the economic and social impact of small lenders they decried as loan sharks. Reputable businesses steered clear of sales credit because of the questionable consumers that it would attract. By the 1970s, however, credit in America had been reimagined as a legitimate tool of household finance that was understood to have broad social and economic benefits. This transformation in the moral economy of credit accompanied a revolution in lending technologies and the regulatory treatment of consumer credit. Ultimately, these changes allowed American households to amass unprecedented debt -- debt that eventually precipitated the worst financial crisis of postwar America. To understand the origins of that crisis, we need to understand not just the shifting habits of consumers, but also what happened to lenders as the public moved from opposing credit to embracing it. This book traces how that transformation occurred. Nearly all accounts of the origins of American consumer credit have focused exclusively on the U.S. experience. Single-country case studies have their virtues. But they do not allow the observer easily to differentiate what is unusual about the U.S. case from what is common even to countries with very different credit practices"-- ▼c Provided by publisher.
650 0 ▼a Consumer credit ▼z United States.
650 0 ▼a Consumer credit ▼z France.
650 0 ▼a Bank loans ▼z United States.
650 0 ▼a Bank loans ▼z France.
650 0 ▼a Public welfare ▼z France.
650 0 ▼a Public welfare ▼z United States.
945 ▼a KLPA

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Contents information

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Commercial banks and consumer credit in the United States; 3. Banks against credit: consumer finance in France; 4. American retailers and credit innovation; 5. Selling France on credit; 6. Credit and reconstruction; 7. The politics of usury; 8. Credit for being American; 9. Deregulation and the politics of over-indebtedness; 10. Consumer credit and American liberalism.


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