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Job displacement and financial outcomes

Author:
Aaronson, Daniel, Agarwal, Sumit, Hotchkiss, Julie L., Kelley, Taylor
Source:
Economics letters 2019 v.177 pp. 18-21
ISSN:
0165-1765
Subject:
credit, data collection, income, unemployment
Abstract:
Using two proprietary datasets on earnings and credit outcomes, this paper finds that both high- and low-earners take a significant and persistent hit to income after job displacement. But these losses only translate into worse credit conditions – higher credit card utilization, lower FICO scores, and a pick up in the rate of card accounts that are delinquent or over limit – among low- earners. We observe no negative implications among higher income households, providing novel empirical evidence of the economically disparate impact of job loss.
Agid:
6283264