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Households’ Indebtedness and Financial Fragility

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The paper studies the determinants of international differences in household indebtedness, and inquires whether indebtedness is associated with increased “financial fragility”, as measured by the sensitivity of household arrears and insolvencies to macroeconomic shocks. It also investigates whether financial fragility is affected by institutional factors, such as information sharing arrangements, judicial efficiency and individual bankruptcy regulation. We address these issues by tapping three data sets: (i) cross-country data on household indebtedness; (ii) European panel data for households lending and arrears; and (iii) time series data for household lending and insolvencies in the U.K., the U.S.A. and Germany. Overall, the analysis underscores the importance of institutional arrangements in determining the size and fragility of household credit markets.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 208.

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Date of creation: 15 Oct 2008
Date of revision: 09 Sep 2010
Publication status: Published in Journal of Financial Management Markets and Institutions, vol. 1, n. 1, 23-46, 2013.
Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:208

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Keywords: household debt; financial fragility; arrears; insolvency; information sharing; judicial efficiency; bankruptcy law;

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