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Use of credit and arrears on debt among low-income families in the United Kingdom

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  • Sarah Bridges
  • Richard Disney

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Nottingham)

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Household accumulation of debt and arrears on debt, especially among low-income families, is an extremely topical issue in the UK media and in policy circles. This paper utilises data from the UK's Survey of Low Income Families in order to examine use of credit, and default and arrears, among low-income families with children. It shows how credit use and accumulation of arrears differ between single parents and couples with children, and also between homeowners and renters. It also briefly examines the persistence of arrears on specific forms of credit using the panel element of the data-set, now named the Families and Children Survey.

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  • Sarah Bridges & Richard Disney, 2004. "Use of credit and arrears on debt among low-income families in the United Kingdom," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 25(1), pages 1-25, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:25:y:2004:i:1:p:1-25
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance

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