New Comprehensive Study of Loan Records Refutes CFPB Position on Auto Lending

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Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new comprehensive study of more than 8.2 million loan records by Charles River Associates concludes that the method used by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to measure for discrimination in an auto lender’s portfolio is “conceptually flawed in its application and subject to significant bias and estimation error.”

The peer-review study calls into question the reliability of a testing methodology that the CFPB has used to level allegations of unintended discrimination against—and extract settlements from—auto lenders and to pressure auto lenders to change the way they compensate dealers for originating finance contracts.

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