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Finance Seminar

Thursday, March 14, 2019
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Baxter B125
Spillover Effects of the Opioid Epidemic on Consumer Finance
Mark Jansen, Assistant Professor of Finance, Eccles School of Business, University of Utah,

Abstract: I examine the impact of the opioid epidemic on subprime auto lending. Using a difference-in-differences framework, I find that a 10% increase in county-level opioid abuse causes a 2.9% increase in loan defaults. Moreover, the resulting higher default rates and weaker predictive performance of traditional credit measures (e.g., FICO score) generates a negative externality for borrowers in opioid-afflicted areas. In these areas, loan costs for subprime borrowers are 4.4% higher.

Finance Seminars at Caltech are funded through the generous support of The Ronald and Maxine Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences (

For more information, please contact Sabrina Hameister by phone at 626-395-4228 or by email at or visit the full paper, "Spillover Effects of the Opioid Epidemic on Consumer Finance," here..