Judicial Costs and Household Debt
AbstractThis paper investigates the effect of judicial costs on households debt, merging data drawn from a representative Italian sample, the Survey of Household Income and Wealth, with data on the performance of judicial districts. We estimate a probit model to test the hypothesis that th working of courts affects the probability that households are credit constrained. Moreover, we estimate a tobit model for the amount of debt to investigate if borrowing by those who are not rationed in the credit market is also sensitive to judicial costs. We find that the working of the judicial system impacts on probability of being credit constrained and that the amount of debt held by non-constrained households decreases when the quality of the judicial enforcement worsen.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 65.
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2001
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Banking and Finance, 2004 vol. 28, pages 2369-97
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