Credit Card and Payday Loan Borrowing: Evidence in the SCF 2010-2019
16 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2022 Last revised: 18 Aug 2022
Date Written: July 28, 2022
Unsecured borrowing plays an important role for consumers in smoothing consumption. Each year, almost 40% of U.S. households have credit card debts and 4% borrow using a high-cost payday loan. This paper aims to explore the similarities and differences between both types of borrowers. Using the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) from 2010 to 2019, I document that: (1) credit card borrowers are middle-aged, upper-middle-class, with some college exposure, and financially literate; (2) payday loan borrowers are young, low-income and low-wealth, less educated, and less financially literate; and (3) payday loan borrowers lack the financial knowledge of inflation and risk diversification, but not of interest compound.
Keywords: Consumer Credit, Credit Card, Payday Loan, Financial Literacy
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