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Household optimism and borrowing

  • Hyytinen, Ari


    (University of Jyväskylä and Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation)

  • Putkuri, Hanna


    (Bank of Finland)

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    A unique Finnish household-level data from 1994 to 2009 allow us to measure how households’ financial expectations are related to the subsequent outcomes. We use the difference between the two to measure forecast errors and household optimism and link the errors to households’ borrowing behaviour. We find that households making greatest optimistic forecast errors carry greater levels of debt and are most likely to suffer from excessive debt loads (overindebtedness). They also are less attentive to forecast errors than their pessimistic counterparts when forming their expectations for a subsequent period.

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    Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 21/2012.

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    Length: 45 pages
    Date of creation: 08 May 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2012_021
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