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The replacement demand for motor vehicles: evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances

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  • Ana M. Aizcorbe
  • James T. Hickman
  • Martha Starr-McCluer

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The motor vehicle industry has undergone important changes in recent years, including a shift in production from autos to light trucks and growth of vehicle leasing. This paper uses household-level data from the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances to document changes in households' acquisitions and financing of motor vehicles from 1989 to 2001. We examine what types of vehicles households had, what financing arrangements were used to acquire them, and how vehicle holdings vary with such household characteristics as income, age, wealth, and creditworthiness. The data provide useful insights into the determinants of replacement demand and the use of alternative financing arrangements like leasing.

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  • Ana M. Aizcorbe & James T. Hickman & Martha Starr-McCluer, 2003. "The replacement demand for motor vehicles: evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2003-44, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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    2. Wu, Deming & Fang, Ming & Wang, Qing, 2018. "An empirical study of bank stress testing for auto loans," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 79-89.
    3. Hyunseung Oh, 2019. "The Role of Durables Replacement and Second‐Hand Markets in a Business‐Cycle Model," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 51(4), pages 761-786, June.
    4. Samuel P. Fraiberger & Arun Sundararajan, 2015. "Peer-to-Peer Rental Markets in the Sharing Economy," Working Papers 15-19, NET Institute.

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