Norges Bank

Working Paper

The hidden costs of hidden debt

Johan Almenberg and Artashes Karapetyan
Working Paper

We report evidence that salience may have economically significant effects on homeowners’ borrowing behavior, through a bias in favour of less salient but more costly loans. Survey evidence corroborates the existence of such a bias. We outline a simple model in which some consumers are biased and show that under plausible assumptions this affects prices in equilibrium. Market data support the predictions of the model.

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ISSN 1502-8190 (online)

Published 30 December 2011 15:30
Published 30 December 2011 15:30