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April 2011Household Debt and Saving During the 2007 Recession
with Donghoon Lee, Wilbert van der Klaauw, Basit Zafar: w16999
Using administrative credit report records and data collected through several special household surveys we analyze changes in household debt and savings during the 2007 recession. We find that while different segments of the population were affected in distinct ways, depending on whether they owned a home, whether they owned stocks and whether they had secure jobs, the crisis’ impact appears to have been widespread, affecting large shares of households across all age, income and education groups. In response to their deteriorated financial situation, households reduced their average spending and increased saving. The latter increase – at least in 2009 – did not materialize itself through an increase in contributions to retirement and savings accounts. If anything, such contributions actual...

Forthcoming: Household Debt and Saving during the 2007 Recession, Rajashri Chakrabarti, Donghoon Lee, Wilbert van der Klaauw, Basit Zafar. in Measuring Wealth and Financial Intermediation and Their Links to the Real Economy, Hulten and Reinsdorf. 2014

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