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Financial imbalances and household welfare: empirical evidence from the EU

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This paper uses Eurobarometer survey data from 26 EU countries to evaluate whether the general public cares about financial stability and imbalances over and above their effects on key macroeconomic variables such as unemployment and inflation. I confirm previous results in the literature that life satisfaction - a widely used measure of household welfare - negatively depends on the unemployment rate. In addition to previous results in the literature, I establish a strong empirical link between life satisfaction and consumer confidence as measured by the European Commission consumer survey. The main result of the paper is that life satisfaction generally does not systematically depend on a number of measures of financial imbalance based on credit and asset prices once the other macroeconomic controls are included. JEL Classification: E6

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  • Stracca, Livio, 2013. "Financial imbalances and household welfare: empirical evidence from the EU," Working Paper Series 1543, European Central Bank.
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    1. Bank for International Settlements, 2016. "Objective-setting and communication of macroprudential policies," CGFS Papers, Bank for International Settlements, number 57.
    2. Arnaud Joskin, 2017. "Working Paper 04-17 - Qu’est-ce qui compte pour les Belges ? Analyse des déterminants du bien-être individuel en Belgique
      [Working Paper 04-17 - Wat telt voor de Belgen? Analyse van de determinante
      ," Working Papers 1704, Federal Planning Bureau, Belgium.
    3. Stracca, Livio & Kalbhenn, Anna, 2015. "Does fiscal austerity affect public opinion?," Working Paper Series 1774, European Central Bank.

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    central bank; consumer confidence; Eurobarometer; Financial Stability; life satisfaction;

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    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook

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