A previous version of this working paper was originally published in January 2018. Supersedes Working Paper 15-43 - The Economics of Debt Collection: Enforcement of Consumer Credit Contracts

This explanation fits several empirical facts about third-party debt collection and is consistent with the evidence that third-party debt collectors use harsher debt collection practices than original creditors. Our model shows that the impact of third-party debt collectors on consumer welfare depends on the riskiness of the pool of borrowers and provides insights into which policy interventions may improve the functioning of the debt collection market.

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