Topic: Credit & Debt, Research and evaluation
Publisher: GFLEC - Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center
Location: United States
Format: Working paper
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: March 16, 2020
This paper introduces a novel survey measure of attitude toward debt. Survey results with panel data on Swedish household balance sheets from registry data are matched, showing that debt attitude measure helps explain individual variation in indebtedness as well as debt build-up and spending behavior in the period 2004–2007. As an explanatory variable, debt attitude compares well to a number of other determinants of debt, including education, risk-taking, and financial literacy. Evidence that suggests that debt attitude is passed down along family lines and has a cultural element is also presented.