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Abstract: In this paper, we present estimates of the disposition of the free cash generated by home equity extraction to finance consumer spending, outlays for home improvements, debt repayment, acquisition of assets, and other uses. We estimate free cash as cash available net of closing costs and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Dramatic structural changes in the U.S. pension system, along with the impending wave of retiring baby boomers, have given rise to a broad policy discussion of the adequacy of household retirement wealth. We construct a uniquely comprehensive measure of wealth for households aged 51 and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Debit card use at the point of sale has grown dramatically in recent years in the U.S., and now exceeds the number of credit card transactions. However, many questions remain regarding patterns of debit card use, consumer preferences when using debit, and how consumers might respond to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: To assess whether homeowners know their house values and mortgage terms, we compare the distributions of these variables in the household-reported 2001 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) to the distributions in lender-reported data. We also examine the share of SCF respondents who report More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: I test the credit-market effects of housing wealth shocks by estimating the consumption elasticity of house price shocks among households in different age quintiles. Younger households face faster expected income growth and hence would like to borrow more than older households. I estimate More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Using a unique set of household level panel data, we estimate the effect of capital gains on saving by asset type, controlling for observable and unobservable household specific fixed effects. The results suggest that the decline in the personal saving rate since 1984 is largely due to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: It is well accepted that households increase consumption of goods and services in response to an unexpected increase in wealth. Consensus estimates of this wealth effect are in the range of 3 to 5 cents of additional consumption spending in the long run for each additional dollar of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: This article presents descriptive findings from new survey data on households' decisions to change or remain with their providers of checking or savings accounts. The data show that the distribution of household tenure is wide, and that about a third of households have never changed More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Participants in 401(k) plans are more likely than other workers to list "retirement" as their main reason for saving, to hold individual retirement accounts and to invest in the stock market. There are two possible reasons for these differences: (1) workers who like to save choose to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: The issue of whether higher lifetime income households save a larger fraction of their income is an important factor in the evaluation of tax and macroeconomic policy. Despite an outpouring of research on this topic in the 1950s and 1960s, the question remains unresolved and has since More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012