Household Debt and Social Interactions

48 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2012

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Dimitris Georgarakos

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

Michael Haliassos

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance; Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CEPR; NETSPAR

Giacomo Pasini

Ca' Foscari University Venice; Netspar

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Date Written: November 16, 2012

Abstract

Debt-induced crises, including the subprime, are usually attributed exclusively to supply-side factors. We examine the role of social influences on debt culture, emanating from perceived average income of peers. Utilizing unique information from a household survey representative of the Dutch population, that circumvents the issue of defining the social circle, we consider collateralized, consumer, and informal loans. We find robust social effects on borrowing - especially among those who consider themselves poorer than their peers - and on indebtedness, suggesting a link to financial distress. We employ a number of approaches to rule out spurious associations and to handle correlated effects.

Keywords: Household finance, household debt, social interactions, mortgages, consumer credit, informal loans

JEL Classification: G11, E21

Suggested Citation

Georgarakos, Dimitris and Haliassos, Michael and Pasini, Giacomo, Household Debt and Social Interactions (November 16, 2012). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 11/2012-042. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2181948 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2181948

Dimitris Georgarakos

European Central Bank (ECB) - Directorate General Research ( email )

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Center for Financial Studies (CFS) ( email )

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Michael Haliassos (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance

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Germany

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

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Germany

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Giacomo Pasini

Ca' Foscari University Venice ( email )

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