75 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2016 Last revised: 27 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 14, 2017
We study the financial and labor market impacts of bad credit reports. Using difference-in-differences variation from the staggered removal of bankruptcy flags, we show that bankruptcy flag removal leads to a large increase in credit limits and economically significant increases in borrowing. Using administrative tax records linked to personal bankruptcy records, we estimate a precise zero effect of flag removal on employment and earnings outcomes. We rationalize these contrasting results by showing that, conditional on basic observables, “hidden” bankruptcy flags are strongly correlated with adverse credit market outcomes but have no predictive power for labor market outcomes.
Keywords: Credit Reports, Borrowing, Labor Market, Bankruptcy
JEL Classification: G28, J23, J70, K31, K35
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Dobbie, Will and Goldsmith-Pinkham, Paul and Mahoney, Neale and Song, Jae, Bad Credit, No Problem? Credit and Labor Market Consequences of Bad Credit Reports (June 14, 2017). Kreisman Working Papers Series in Housing Law and Policy No. 42. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2844316