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Marieke Bos

The Stockholm School of Economics, SHOF

E-Mail: marieke.bos@hhs.se
Institutional Affiliations: Stockholm School of Economics and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and Sveriges Riksbank

NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2017Impulsive Consumption and Financial Wellbeing: Evidence from an Increase in the Availability of Alcohol
with Itzhak Ben-David: w23211
Increased availability of alcohol may harm individuals if they have present-focused preferences and consume more than initially planned. Using a nationwide experiment in Sweden, we study the credit behavior of low-income households around the expansion of liquor stores' operating hours on Saturdays. Consistent with store closures serving as commitment devices, the policy led to higher credit demand, more default, increased dependence on welfare, and higher crime on Saturdays. The effects are concentrated among the young population due to higher alcohol consumption combined with tight liquidity constraints. The policy's impact on indebtedness is estimated at 4.5 times the expenditure on alcohol.
July 2016The Labor Market Effects of Credit Market Information
with Emily Breza, Andres Liberman: w22436
Credit information affects the allocation of consumer credit, but its effects on other markets that are relevant for academic and policy analysis are unknown. This paper measures the effect of negative credit information on the employment and earnings of Swedish individuals at the margins of the formal credit and labor markets. We exploit a policy change that generates quasi-exogenous variation in the retention time of past delinquencies on credit reports and estimate that one additional year of negative credit information causes a reduction in wage earnings of $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. We exploit differences in the information available to emp...

Published: Marieke Bos & Emily Breza & Andres Liberman, 2018. "The Labor Market Effects of Credit Market Information," The Review of Financial Studies, vol 31(6), pages 2005-2037. citation courtesy of

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