Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171760
Authors: 
Gorbachev, Olga
Luengo-Prado, María José
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 16-6
Abstract: 
We use the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to revisit what is termed the credit card debt puzzle: why consumers simultaneously co-hold high-interest credit card debt and lowinterest assets that could be used to pay down this debt. This dataset contains unique information on intelligence, financial literacy, and preferences, while also providing a complete picture of households' balance sheets. Relative to individuals with no credit card debt but positive liquid assets, individuals in the puzzle group have higher discount rates, slightly lower financial literacy scores, and very different perceptions on future credit risk: many individuals are using credit cards for precautionary motives.
Subjects: 
household finance
risk aversion
time preferences
precautionary motives
bankruptcy
foreclosure
JEL: 
D14
D91
E21
G02
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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