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The hidden costs of hidden debt

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  • Johan Almenberg

    (Swedish Ministry of Finance)

  • Artashes Karapetyan

    (Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway))

Abstract

We report evidence that salience may have economically significant effects on homeowners’ borrowing behavior, through a bias in favour of less salient but more costly loans. Survey evidence corroborates the existence of such a bias. We outline a simple model in which some consumers are biased and show that under plausible assumptions this affects prices in equilibrium. Market data support the predictions of the model.

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  • Johan Almenberg & Artashes Karapetyan, 2012. "The hidden costs of hidden debt," Working Paper 2011/22, Norges Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:bno:worpap:2011_22
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    Keywords

    Salience; Debt; Housing market; Co-op; Capital structure;
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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