Debts on debts
Joao Faria (),
Le Wang () and
Zhongmin Wu ()
NBS Discussion Papers in Economics from Economics, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
This paper studies the impact of mortgages on consumer debt and on debt on durable goods. We first present a stylized model in which an outstanding debt, representing mortgages, affects positively consumer debt, and debt on durable goods. The model is empirically tested for the U.S. using PSID 2005 wave. Our results are striking. First, we find strong evidence supporting a positive association between mortgage loans and consumer debts, regardless of the measures used, the control variables used, and the methods used. Second, we find that the effects of mortgages on the debt on durable goods are in general smaller than the effects of mortgages on consumer debt. Third, our distributional analysis reveals that the effects monotonically decrease as the quantile increases. Finally, our results are also confirmed by the results using the U.K. data.
Keywords: Consumer expenditure; housing; credit; censored regressions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 E44 R21 R31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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