The Labor Market Effects of Credit Market Information
52 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2015 Last revised: 22 Jul 2017
Date Written: April 1, 2017
We exploit a natural experiment to measure the causal effect of negative credit information on the employment and earnings of Swedish individuals at the margins of formal credit and labor markets. We estimate that one additional year of negative credit information reduces employment by 3% and wage earnings by $1,000. In comparison, the decrease in credit is only one-fourth as large. Negative credit information also causes an increase in self-employment and a decrease in mobility. Further evidence suggests this cost of default is borne inefficiently by the relatively more creditworthy individuals among previous defaulters.
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