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Consumption response to aggregate shocks and the role of leverage

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  • Kovacs, Agnes
  • Rostom, May
  • Bunn, Philip

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This paper investigates the relationship between mortgage leverage and consumption around the 2008 financial crisis. Using data from the UK’s Family Expenditure Survey and Wealth and Asset Survey, we first show that high-leveraged households made larger cuts to consumption following the financial crisis, and this was largely driven by young households. Second, using a life-cycle framework, we investigate the channels by which high-leveraged households may have reduced consumption by more than others. Our key finding is that credit supply tightening is the main driver of the empirical co-movement between pre-crisis leverage and consumption growth after 2008.

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  • Kovacs, Agnes & Rostom, May & Bunn, Philip, 2018. "Consumption response to aggregate shocks and the role of leverage," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 90378, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    Keywords

    life-cycle models; consumption; household leverage; debt; financial crisis;

    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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