Assessing Macro-Financial Risks of Household Debt in China

Author/Editor:

Fei Han ; Emilia M Jurzyk ; Wei Guo ; Yun He ; Nadia Rendak

Publication Date:

November 27, 2019

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Summary:

High household indebtedness could constrain future consumption growth and increase financial stability risks. This paper uses household survey data to analyze both macroeconomic and finanical stability risks from the rapidly rising household debt in China. We find that rising household indebtedness could boost consumption in the short term, while reducing it in the medium-to-long term. By stress testing households’ debt repayment capacity, we find that low-income households are most vulnerable to adverse income shocks which could lead to signficant defaults. Containing these risks would call for a strengthening of systemic risk assessment and macroprudential policies of the household sector. Other policies include improving the credit registry system and establishing a well-functioning personal insolvency framework.

Series:

Working Paper No. 19/258

English

Publication Date:

November 27, 2019

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513516073/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2019258

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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