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Consumer Debt and Financial Fragility: Evidence from Italy

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  • Barbara Cavalletti

    (Università degli Studi di Genova)

  • Corrado Lagazio

    (Università degli Studi di Genova)

  • Elena Lagomarsino

    (Università degli Studi di Genova)

  • Daniela Vandone

    (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the consumer credit market in Italy and the related risk of over-indebtedness. Using panel data from the Survey on Household Income and Wealth, we investigate the role of households financial fragility on the use and increase in consumer debt over time, evaluating, in particular, whether there exists a statistically significant relationship between the growth in the use of consumer credit and the increase in the proportion of indebted households that are in a negative financial situation.

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  • Barbara Cavalletti & Corrado Lagazio & Elena Lagomarsino & Daniela Vandone, 2020. "Consumer Debt and Financial Fragility: Evidence from Italy," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 43(4), pages 747-765, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jcopol:v:43:y:2020:i:4:d:10.1007_s10603-020-09458-w
    DOI: 10.1007/s10603-020-09458-w
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