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Household debt and credit: Economic issues and data problems

  • Bertola, Giuseppe
  • Hochguertel, Stefan

We survey contributions to the analysis of household liabilities, highlighting relevant theoretical aspects and outlining how data sources may support empirical testing and measurement efforts. Specifically, we classify aspects of household debt, discussing the theoretical and policy relevance of heterogeneity across individual and country dimensions. Aiming to illustrate conceptual and measurement issues, we refer to the approaches and results of some recent relevant country-specific work on administrative and survey data, and we argue that research in this area would greatly benefit from availability of appropriately classified household liabilities data and of cross-country institutional information.

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Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2007/32.

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