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Vehicle ownership, vehicle acquisitions and the growth of auto leasing: evidence from consumer surveys

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  • Ana M. Aizcorbe
  • Martha Starr-McCluer

This paper documents the basic features of data on motor vehicles from the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances and the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey. Despite some methodological differences between the two surveys, we find that they yield strikingly similar pictures of households' vehicle holdings. The survey data are also quite consistent with population estimates of vehicle stocks obtained from other sources. Finally, we document the growth of auto leasing by consumers, and find little evidence for the commonly-held view that liquidity constraints are an important motivation for leasing.

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Paper provided by Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) in its series Finance and Economics Discussion Series with number 96-35.

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Date of creation: 1996
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfe:96-35
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