Financial Imbalances and Household Welfare: Empirical Evidence from the EU

30 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2013

Date Written: April 22, 2013

Abstract

This paper uses Eurobarometer survey data from 26 EU countries to evaluate whether the general public cares about financial stability and imbalances over and above their effects on key macroeconomic variables such as unemployment and inflation. I confirm previous results in the literature that life satisfaction – a widely used measure of household welfare – negatively depends on the unemployment rate. In addition to previous results in the literature, I establish a strong empirical link between life satisfaction and consumer confidence as measured by the European Commission consumer survey. The main result of the paper is that life satisfaction generally does not systematically depend on a number of measures of financial imbalance based on credit and asset prices once the other macroeconomic controls are included.

Keywords: Eurobarometer, life satisfaction, consumer confidence, …financial stability, central bank

JEL Classification: E6

Suggested Citation

Stracca, Livio, Financial Imbalances and Household Welfare: Empirical Evidence from the EU (April 22, 2013). ECB Working Paper No. 1543. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2254818

Livio Stracca (Contact Author)

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

Sonnemannstrasse 22
Frankfurt am Main, 60314
Germany
0049 69 13440 (Phone)
0044 69 1344 6000 (Fax)

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