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On Distributional Changes of Financial Characteristics in Cyprus: What Does the Survey of Consumer Finances Say?


  • Alex Karagrigoriu

    (Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Center of Banking and Finance, University of Cyprus, Nicosia)

  • Ilia Vonta

    (Ilia VONTA Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Cyprus, Nicosia)


This work is based on the Cyprus Survey of Consumer Finances (CySCF) and focuses on one hand on the composition of household assets in Cyprus based on the 2002 Cyprus Survey of Consumer Finances (CySCF2002) and on the other on the distributional changes between the 1999 and the 2002 CySCFs. From 1999 to 2002 there has been a radical increase of household participation in direct stockholding. This is due to the fact that there was a boom of the stock market with a remarkable increase of 688% during 1999, which, however, deflated dramatically during 2000 by 65%. In the same period a 50% increase in the share of households with loans backed by real estate other than their primary residences was observed. Furthermore, real estate prices rose sharply in most areas and affected to a great extent the net wealth so that a more than 7.5% increase was observed in the mean value of the net wealth from 1999 to 2002. Finally, the work deals with the econometric analysis of debts, and results based on probit models are provided. The variables selected are age, family size, employment status and income. The typical 2002 individual was identified as a 45-year old self-employed, married person with 3 children with a annual income of 18000 Cyprus pounds (1CY pound = 1.7 Euros). For the 2002 typical individual the probability of being in debt is found to be 66.5%.

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  • Alex Karagrigoriu & Ilia Vonta, 2006. "On Distributional Changes of Financial Characteristics in Cyprus: What Does the Survey of Consumer Finances Say?," Financial Theory and Practice, Institute of Public Finance, vol. 30(4), pages 380-403.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipf:finteo:v:30:y:2006:i:4:p:380-403

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    1. Ana M. Aizcorbe & Arthur B. Kennickell & Kevin B. Moore, 2003. "Recent changes in U.S. family finances: evidence from the 1998 and 2001 Survey of Consumer Finances," Federal Reserve Bulletin, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.), issue Jan, pages 1-32.
    2. Michael Haliassos & Christis Hassapis & Alex Karagrigoriou & George Kyriacou & Michalis C. Michael & George Syrichas, 2001. "Assets of Cyprus Households: Lessons from the First Cyprus Survey of Consumer Finances," Working Papers 0205, Central Bank of Cyprus.
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    1. Michalis Petrides & Alex Karagrigoriou, 2008. "Determinants of Debt: An Econometric Analysis Based on the Cyprus Survey of Consumer Finances," Financial Theory and Practice, Institute of Public Finance, vol. 32(1), pages 45-64.

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    income distribution; family finances; wealth distribution; Cyprus;

    JEL classification:

    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions


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