Foreclosure Spillovers and Individual Well-Being: Evidence from the Great Recession
64 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2017 Last revised: 21 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 20, 2019
Abstract This paper explores the causal effect of foreclosure on individual well-being and social capital. Using plausibly exogenous variation in the timing of interest rate changes on different types of adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), we find that a 10% rise in foreclosures is associated with a 0.58% and 0.28% decline in current and expected future life satisfaction. These effects are primarily driven by the effects on local optimism and social capital. The results are consistent with models of spatial externalities where large-scale shocks generate adverse effects on communities, not just individuals.
Keywords: foreclosures, housing market, life satisfaction, well-being
JEL Classification: D14, I31, R31
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