DP13318 The Household Finance Landscape in Emerging Economies

Author(s): Cristian Badarinza, Vimal Balasubramaniam, Tarun Ramadorai
Publication Date: November 2018
Keyword(s): credit, Development, emerging economies, household finance, Insurance, real estate
JEL(s): D1, G00
Programme Areas: Financial Economics, Development Economics
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We survey the household finance landscape in emerging economies. We first present statistics on household balance sheets from official micro-surveys in countries comprising 45% of the global population: China, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Thailand, and South Africa. We contrast these patterns with those in data from advanced economies. We then survey the nascent literature on household finance in emerging economies and discuss areas of overlap with the more well-established literature on household finance in advanced economies, as well as the large body of literature on development finance. We highlight useful directions for future research.