Journal Article

The Labor Market Effects of Credit Market Information

Marieke Bos, Emily Breza and Andres Liberman

in The Review of Financial Studies

Published on behalf of Society for Financial Studies

Volume 31, issue 6, pages 2005-2037
Published in print June 2018 | ISSN: 0893-9454
Published online January 2018 | e-ISSN: 1465-7368 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rfs/hhy006
The Labor Market Effects of Credit Market Information

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Abstract

We exploit a natural experiment to provide one of the first measurements of the causal effect of negative credit information on employment and earnings. We estimate that one additional year of negative credit information reduces employment by 3 percentage points and wage earnings by [math]1,000. In comparison, the decrease in credit is only one-fourth as large. Negative credit information also causes an increase in self-employment and a decrease in mobility. Further evidence suggests this cost of default is inefficiently borne by those most creditworthy among previous defaulters.

Received April 5, 2017; editorial decision September 2, 2017 by Editor Andrew Karolyi. Authors have furnished an Internet Appendix, which is available on the Oxford University Press Web Site next to the link to the final published paper online.

Journal Article.  15740 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Banking ; Financial Institutions and Services ; Household Behaviour and Family Economics ; Demand and Supply of Labour

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