LEADS on Macroeconomic Risks to and from the Household Sector

Jonathan A. Parker

Chapter in NBER book Risk Topography: Systemic Risk and Macro Modeling (2014), Markus K. Brunnermeier and Arvind Krishnamurthy, editors (p. 183 - 203)
Conference held April 28, 2011
Published in August 2014 by University of Chicago Press
© 2014 by the National Bureau of Economic Research

This chapter describes a system, called the LEADS system, for providing market participants, regulators, and households with information on the reallocation of resources within, from, and to the household sector in response to macroeconomic events. The household sector is both a propagator of shocks to the economy, as wealth is redistributed across households with differing propensities to consume, and an originator of risky claims held in systemically important places, as losses are shifted from households to creditors such as financial institutions. Information about these exposures, like information generally, is conveyed by prices and so is under-produced by markets. The LEADS system - collection, analysis, and distribution of information on household exposures to macroeconomic risk factors - can potentially lead to better macroeconomic performance through better informed public policy and private decision making.

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This chapter first appeared as NBER working paper w18510, LEADS on Macroeconomic Risks to and from the Household Sector, Jonathan A. Parker
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