The credit card debt puzzle and noncognitive ability

TitleThe credit card debt puzzle and noncognitive ability
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsChoi, H-sik, Laschever, RA
JournalReview of Finance
ISSN Number1572-3097
KeywordsCognitive Ability, Financial literacy, Personality

Many households concurrently hold low-yield liquid assets while incurring costly credit card debt. In our sample, more than 80% of households with credit card debt also have low-yield liquid assets. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (N=30,517), we examine the role of noncognitive skills as well as the economic, financial, and demographic factors that affect the likelihood of co-holding. We find that the "Big Five" personality traits have a statistically significant and economically important effect: households with a more agreeable, introvert, and less conscientious head of household are more likely to co-hold. We also examine the role of intra-household dynamics.

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