Household Debt and the Dynamic Effects of Income Tax Changes

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James Cloyne

University of California, Davis; Bank of England - Monetary Analysis

Paolo Surico

London Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

Using a long span of expenditure survey data and a new narrative measure of exogenous income tax changes for the United Kingdom, we show that households with mortgage debt exhibit large and persistent consumption responses to tax changes. Home-owners without a mortgage, in contrast, do not appear to react, with responses not statistically different from zero at all horizons. Splitting the sample by age and education yields only limited evidence of heterogeneity as the distributions of these demographics tend to overlap across housing tenure groups. We interpret our findings through the lens of traditional and more recent theories of liquidity constraints, providing a novel interpretation for the aggregate effects of tax changes on the real economy.

Keywords: liquidity constraints, mortgage debt, narrative tax changes

JEL Classification: E21, E62, H31

Suggested Citation

Cloyne, James and Surico, Paolo, Household Debt and the Dynamic Effects of Income Tax Changes (September 2013). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9649. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2326513

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