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The determinants of unsecured borrowing: evidence from the BHPS

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  • Ana del Rio
  • Garry Young

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The British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) for 1995 and 2000 is used to examine the determinants of participation in the unsecured debt market and the amount borrowed. Age, income, positive financial prospects and housing tenure are found to be significant in probit models for participation. Income is the main variable explaining cross-sectional differences in unsecured debts.

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  • Ana del Rio & Garry Young, 2006. "The determinants of unsecured borrowing: evidence from the BHPS," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(15), pages 1119-1144.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:16:y:2006:i:15:p:1119-1144
    DOI: 10.1080/09603100500438791
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    1. Barbara CAVALLETTI & Corrado LAGAZIO & Daniela VANDONE & Elena LAGOMARSINO, 2014. "Consumer debt and financial fragility in Italy," Departmental Working Papers 2014-08, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
    2. Ana María Iregui-Bohórquez & Ligia Alba Melo-Becerra & María Teresa Ramírez-Giraldo & Ana María Tribín-Uribe, 2016. "Determinantes del acceso al crédito formal e informal: Evidencia de los hogares de ingresos medios y bajos en Colombia," Borradores de Economia 956, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
    3. Ana del Río & Garry Young, 2005. "The impact of unsecured debt on financial distress among British households," Working Papers 0512, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.
    4. Cristina OTTAVIANI & Daniela VANDONE, 2010. "Impulsivity and household indebtedness," Departmental Working Papers 2010-28, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
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