The anatomy of consumption in a household foreign currency debt crisis
Judit Rariga and
Emil Verner ()
No 2733, Working Paper Series from European Central Bank
How do households adjust to a large debt shock? This paper studies household responses to a revaluation of foreign currency household debt during a large depreciation in Hungary. Relative to similar local currency debtors, foreign currency debtors reduce consumption expenditures approximately one-for-one with increased debt service, suggesting binding liquidity constraints. Foreign currency debtors reduce both the quantity and quality of expenditures, consistent with nonhomothetic preferences and a “flight from quality.” Debt revaluation has no effect on labor market status, hours, or earnings, but there is a small adjustment toward foreign income streams and a substantial increase in home production. JEL Classification: E21, G51, J20
Keywords: flight from quality; home production; marginal propensity to consume (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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