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Household debt and the macroeconomy

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Lower interest rates and an easing of liquidity constraints have led to a substantial rise in household debt over the past two decades. The greater indebtedness has made the household sector more sensitive to changes in interest rates, income and asset prices. This enhanced sensitivity is higher where more households have variable instead of fixed rate mortgages.

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  • Guy Debelle, 2004. "Household debt and the macroeconomy," BIS Quarterly Review, Bank for International Settlements, March.
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    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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