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Measuring U.S. credit card borrowing: an analysis of the G.19's estimate of consumer revolving credit

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  • Mark Furletti
  • Christopher Ody

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This paper describes the Federal Reserve System’s monthly estimate of revolving consumer credit as published in the G.19 statistical release. It analyzes the source data, sampling methods, and calculations on which this estimate currently relies. In addition, it proposes a framework for analyzing the revolving credit statistic and suggests modifications to how the estimate is calculated and presented. The paper concludes that the revolving credit estimate is highly accurate and proposes that the System consider five modifications that would improve its usefulness to researchers.

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  • Mark Furletti & Christopher Ody, 2006. "Measuring U.S. credit card borrowing: an analysis of the G.19's estimate of consumer revolving credit," Consumer Finance Institute discussion papers 06-03, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpdp:06-03
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    Consumer credit ; Credit cards ; Debt;

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