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Financial Risk of Uruguayan Households


  • Fernando Borraz

    () (Banco Central del Uruguay and dECON-FCS-Udelar)

  • Nicolas Gonzalez Pampillon

    () (IEB & Universitat de Barcelona)


This study analyzes the financial risk of Uruguay households using the first nationally representative Uruguayan financial survey. The objective of this work is twofold. First, we simulate the impact on the finance of Uruguayan households of a negative income shock similar to the one experienced in 2002, finding that the financial risk is mild. We estimate a 175% increases in the number of households with financial burden higher than 0.75. Despite this big raise, this group is 10% of the population. Furthermore, the debt level is low in international terms. Secondly, we analyze over indebtedness among Uruguayan households. We observe that some variables are correlated with the fact of being over indebted. Nevertheless, when using the burden financial ratio as dependent variable we find that few variables can significantly explain it.

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  • Fernando Borraz & Nicolas Gonzalez Pampillon, 2015. "Financial Risk of Uruguayan Households," Revista de Analisis Economico – Economic Analysis Review, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Business, vol. 30(2), pages 19-43, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ila:anaeco:v:30:y:2015:i:2:p:19-43

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    Cited by:

    1. María Victoria Landaberry, 2019. "Boom de crédito en Uruguay: Identificación y Anticipación," Documentos de trabajo 2019001, Banco Central del Uruguay.

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    Financial risk; household over indebtedness; financial survey; Uruguay;

    JEL classification:

    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance


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