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Rational exuberance at the mall: addiction to carrying a credit card balance

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  • Kaili Shen
  • David Giles

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The Becker-Murphy model of rational addiction is tested with New Zealand credit card debt data. The results clearly favour the rational addiction model over the myopic, backward-looking model. The estimated short-run and long-run price elasticities are -0.58 and -2.32 respectively, and the estimated rate of time-preference is 6.7% per quarter.

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  • Kaili Shen & David Giles, 2006. "Rational exuberance at the mall: addiction to carrying a credit card balance," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(5), pages 587-592.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:38:y:2006:i:5:p:587-592 DOI: 10.1080/00036840500369167
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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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