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Determinants of Debt: An Econometric Analysis Based on the Cyprus Survey of Consumer Finances

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  • Michalis Petrides

    (Department of Public and Business Administration and Center of Banking and Finance University of Cyprus, Nicosia)

  • Alex Karagrigoriou

    (Department of Public and Business Administration and Center of Banking and Finance University of Cyprus, Nicosia)

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    This work is based on the Cyprus Survey of Consumer Finances (CySCF) and focuses on the investigation of home secured loans and consumer credit card outstanding balances among Cypriot families. The CySCF runs on a triennial basis with the first database created in 1999 (CySCF1999). According to CySCF1999 and CySCF2002, the overall participation in home secured debt among all families declined from 29.95% in 1999 and 29.77% in 2002 to 25.77% in 2005 (CySCF2005). Credit cards were introduced in the early 1980s and grew significantly during the 1990s. The overall percentage of Cypriot households holding credit cards is estimated at 41.7% for 1999, 50% for 2002, and 48% for 2005. This work deals with the econometric analysis of home secured loans and consumer credit card outstanding balances and it provides results based on logit models. The main variables selected for home secured loans are the age, family status, specific attitude toward credit, employment status, and income. The resulting model exhibits a polynomial behaviour of degree two with respect to age. The main variables for consumer credit card balances are the age, education, general attitude, income code, home secured loans and riskiness. Worth noting is the high probability of having credit card balances for those households where the economically dominant unit is of low age with a positive attitude towards credit.

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    Article provided by Institute of Public Finance in its journal Financial Theory and Practice.

    Volume (Year): 32 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 45-64

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    Handle: RePEc:ipf:finteo:v:32:y:2008:i:1:p:45-64

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    Keywords: debt distribution; family finances; home secured loan; credit card use; logit model.;

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    1. Cox, Donald & Jappelli, Tullio, 1993. "The Effect of Borrowing Constraints on Consumer Liabilities," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 25(2), pages 197-213, May.
    2. Boheim, Rene & Taylor, Mark P., 2000. "My Home Was My Castle: Evictions and Repossessions in Britain," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 287-319, December.
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