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On the determinants of household debt maturity choice


Hens, Thorsten; Breuer, Wolfgang; Wang, Mei; Salzmann, Astrid J (2015). On the determinants of household debt maturity choice. Applied Economics, 47(5):449-465.

Abstract

This article jointly analyses a behavioural and a cultural concept to explain household debt portfolio choice. The behavioural approach explores the role of time preferences on household debt maturity in a theoretical model and a numerical analysis. We derive a positive relationship between the long-term discount factor δ and the optimal maturity of household loans. The cultural approach examines whether national culture is a reasonable predictor for household debt maturity. We show that culture is an important factor for households’ borrowing decisions and has even more predictive power than time preferences. Countries with higher scores on the Hofstede dimension of long-term orientation tend to have shorter household debt maturity. Time preferences incur a primarily mediating role, because the effect of national culture on the borrowing decision is reduced, as the long-term discount factor δ increases.

Abstract

This article jointly analyses a behavioural and a cultural concept to explain household debt portfolio choice. The behavioural approach explores the role of time preferences on household debt maturity in a theoretical model and a numerical analysis. We derive a positive relationship between the long-term discount factor δ and the optimal maturity of household loans. The cultural approach examines whether national culture is a reasonable predictor for household debt maturity. We show that culture is an important factor for households’ borrowing decisions and has even more predictive power than time preferences. Countries with higher scores on the Hofstede dimension of long-term orientation tend to have shorter household debt maturity. Time preferences incur a primarily mediating role, because the effect of national culture on the borrowing decision is reduced, as the long-term discount factor δ increases.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:18 Jan 2016 13:29
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:55
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0003-6846
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2014.972547
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00036846.2014.972547 (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:10312

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