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Household Repayment Behavior: The Role of Social Capital and Institutional, Political, and Religious Beliefs

39 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2010 Last revised: 19 May 2015

Dimitris Georgarakos

European Central Bank (ECB) - Directorate General Research; University of Leicester; Center for Financial Studies (CFS)

Sven Furth

Goethe University Frankfurt - Chair of Banking and Finance; Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

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Date Written: May 4, 2012

Abstract

We examine the influence of social capital and various prevailing beliefs on household repayment behavior in Europe, after accounting for household-specific characteristics and country differences in institutions. Arrears are more common among households living in regions with dense corruption beliefs, low confidence in institutions and authorities, and a low fraction of religious people. Moreover, high stocks of social capital reduce the likelihood of arrears, net of the influence of various potentially relevant factors. Households in these communities face a higher hazard of losing standing in the group and access to the positive externalities of social capital.

Keywords: Social Capital, Trust, Corruption, Beliefs, Household Arrears

JEL Classification: D12, G2, K42

Suggested Citation

Georgarakos, Dimitris and Furth, Sven, Household Repayment Behavior: The Role of Social Capital and Institutional, Political, and Religious Beliefs (May 4, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1573064 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1573064

Dimitris Georgarakos (Contact Author)

European Central Bank (ECB) - Directorate General Research

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University of Leicester

Department of Economics
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Center for Financial Studies (CFS)

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Sven Furth

Goethe University Frankfurt - Chair of Banking and Finance ( email )

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Frankfurt (Main), 60323
Germany

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, D-60323
Germany

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