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Charging up a mountain of debt: accounting for the growth of credit card debt
Peter S. Yoo
Abstract

Total U.S. credit card debt has almost doubled since 1988. Little is apparent from the aggregate data, however, about the composition of credit card debt growth. In this article, Peter S. Yoo separates household data into two categories: changes in the number of households with credit cards, and changes in average credit card debt for increased total credit card debt. Moreover, he finds that the principal contributors to the increase are households with above-average incomes rather than low-income households.


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Peter S. Yoo, "Charging up a mountain of debt: accounting for the growth of credit card debt" , Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Review, issue Mar, pages 3-13, 1997.
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Keywords: Debt ; Credit cards
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