Debt and the response to household income shocks: Validation and Application of linked financial account data

Scott R. Baker*

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Abstract

The increasing availability of data derived from linked consumer financial accounts has the potential to dramatically expand the potential for research. Examining the most comprehensive existing set of linked-account data, consisting of transaction and balance sheet data for millions of Americans, I demonstrate the power and versatility of such sources. I discuss advantages and concerns arising from this type of data andmatch a range of distributionalmoments to external sources. As one application, I test consumption elasticities across households with varying levels, and types, of debt. I find that heterogeneity in consumption elasticity can be explained entirely by credit and liquidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1504-1557
Number of pages54
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Volume126
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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