Household Financial Vulnerability
In: Financial Stability, Monetary Policy, and Central Banking
AbstractHouseholdsâ financial vulnerability determines householdsâ default risk. Financial stability could be affected by householdsâ behavior under stressful macroeconomic conditions. Householdsâ financial vulnerability depends on their indebtedness levels and on the fragility of their income sources to be able to fulfill their obligations. The main source of householdsâ uncertainty comes from labor income generation, which is critically determined by unemployment. Heterogeneity of indebtedness levels and of income uncertainty calls for microeconomic analysis. This paper uses panel data survival analysis to estimate the probability of job loss at the individual level. Using semi-parametric methods, a significant heterogeneity is found for the impact of aggregate unemployment among individuals. Monte Carlo simulations are run to assess households financial stress and then to estimate aggregate debt at risk under high unemployment rate scenarios. Since the majority of debt is held by those with lower levels of income vulnerability, it is found that financial stability is not significantly affected by high unemployment levels.
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This chapter was published in: Rodrigo Alfaro (ed.) Financial Stability, Monetary Policy, and Central Banking, , chapter 10, pages 299-326, 2011.
This item is provided by Central Bank of Chile in its series Central Banking, Analysis, and Economic Policies Book Series with number v15c10pp299-326.
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- Marianna Brunetti & Elena Giarda & Costanza Torricelli, 2012.
"Is financial fragility a matter of illiquidity? An appraisal for Italian households,"
Centro Studi di Banca e Finanza (CEFIN) (Center for Studies in Banking and Finance)
12061, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Facoltà di Economia "Marco Biagi".
- Marianna Brunetti & Elena Giarda & Costanza Torricelli, 2012. "Is Financial Fragility a Matter of Illiquidity? An Appraisal for Italian Households," CEIS Research Paper 242, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 18 Jul 2012.
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