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Reinvestment Alert 31 - Measuring the Provision of Banking Services for the Underbanked: Recommendations for a More Effective Community Reinvestment Act Service Test

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Publication Date: May 2007

Publisher(s): Woodstock Institute (Chicago, Ill.)

Author(s): Geoff Smith; Malcolm Bush; Nathan Paufve

Series: Reinvestment Alert No. 31

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Banking operations and services)

Keywords: Community economic development; Low- and moderate-income (LMI); Performance evaluation (PE)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Illinois


This alert examines the service test evaluations of Chicago area large banks and thrifts to determine what information on services is collected and analyzed during the test procedures and looks at how regulators use these data to assess service test performance. The alert also discusses the limitations of the available data and makes recommendations for steps that might be taken to improve the effectiveness of the service test performance evaluation.