|Title||The Changing Face of Debt and Financial Fragility at Older Ages|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Lusardi, A, Mitchell, OS, Oggero, N|
|Journal||AEA Papers and Proceedings|
|Keywords||Debt, Finances, Financial security, Homeownership, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction|
We investigate changes in older individuals' financial fragility as they stand on the verge of retirement. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), we compare how debt has changed for successive cohorts of people age 56-61. Our analysis shows that recent older Americans close to retirement hold more debt, and hence face greater financial insecurity, than earlier generations. This is primarily due to having bought more expensive homes with smaller down payments. We discuss possible policy implications.