DP257 Liquidity-Constrained Households in an Italian Cross-Section

Author(s): Tullio Jappelli, Marco Pagano
Publication Date: August 1988
Keyword(s): Borrowing, Capital Markets, Consumption, Italy, Liquidity Constraints
JEL(s): 122, 315, 921
Programme Areas: Applied Macroeconomics
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This paper attempts to evaluate the effects of capital market imperfections on consumer behavior, on the basis of cross-sectional Italian data. We evaluate the difference between desired and observed consumption using a technique proposed by Hayashi. We find that in Italy borrowing constraints are more severe than in the United States, and that they are more stringent for young households, non-home-owners, the unemployed and consumers living in the Southern regions.