Tax Rebates and the Cycle of Payday Borrowing

24 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2013 Last revised: 17 Oct 2013

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Paige Marta Skiba

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Date Written: October 2013


I use evidence from a $300 tax rebate to test whether receipt of this cash infusion by payday borrowers affects the likelihood of borrowing, loan sizes, or default behavior. Results from fixed-effects models show that the rebate decreased the probability of taking out a payday loan in the short run. These impacts are most apparent among credit-constrained, infrequent borrowers. Those who take out loans around the time of the rebate borrow amounts similar to their normal borrowing behavior but are more likely to default. Overall, however, the effects are small and short-lived, suggesting a muted response to this cash windfall in payday borrowing and repayment.

Keywords: tax, rebate, cycle, payday, borrowing

Suggested Citation

Skiba, Paige Marta, Tax Rebates and the Cycle of Payday Borrowing (October 2013). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 13-26, Available at SSRN: or

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