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Consumer Credit Trends by Income and Geography in 2001–12
Eugene Amromin
Leslie McGranahan
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

As economists have tried to understand the causes of the Great Recession and its consequences for households and firms, a consensus has emerged: The severity of the recession was amplified by the rapid buildup in consumer credit leading up to it and the subsequent credit retrenchment. However, the credit cycle played out unevenly among individuals of different financial means and across different parts of the U.S. Thus, one potential key to understanding the Great Recession is documenting how credit trends varied across the distribution of income and across geography, as well as across the two measures jointly.

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Eugene Amromin & Leslie McGranahan & Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, "Consumer Credit Trends by Income and Geography in 2001–12" , Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago Fed Letter, number 342, 2015.
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Keywords: Income; consumer credit; Great Recession
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