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Funding Self-Employment - The Role of Consumer Credit

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  • Christoph Kneiding

    () (GfA, Berlin)

  • Alexander S. Kritikos

    () (GfA, Berlin & Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder))

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In this paper we investigate whether self-employed households use consumer loans to finance their business activities. In particular, it is shown that self-employed households use personal overdrafts significantly more often than employee households do. This difference remains when controlling for financial and non-financial household variables: a discrete change from wage employment to self-employment results in an average rise in overdraft usage of 14.1%. These findings are corroborated when analyzing the correlation between consumer loan take-ups and consumption of self-employed households. Intermingling of personal and business resources is more likely when the household is credit constrained; when the household head is younger; and when financial assets within the household are lower.

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  • Christoph Kneiding & Alexander S. Kritikos, 2007. "Funding Self-Employment - The Role of Consumer Credit," Working Papers 0007, Gesellschaft für Arbeitsmarktaktivierung (GfA).
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    Keywords

    Small Business Finance; Consumer Credit; Financial Intermingling;
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    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance

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