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The Effect of Payday Loans on Financial Distress in the UK

Szilagyiova, Silvia (2015) The Effect of Payday Loans on Financial Distress in the UK. Procedia Economics and Finance, 30. pp. 842-847.

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Abstract

This paper proposes a model to examine the effect of unsecured payday loans to financial distress of low-income households and aims to open a discussion within academics and government on this topic. The theoretical model is based on the evidence from the British Household Panel Survey and interviews done by Consumer Focus which show that the proportion of households in debt problems has increased since 2000 particularly among young, economically active population. The increase in financial distress among British households is in coincidence with increasing revenue of payday loans, particularly after financial crisis. The proposed model aims to investigate the effect of payday loan usage on the financial distress while taking into consideration individuals’ economic austerity such as difficulty of paying mortgage, rent and utilities bills; household food insecurity; loss of job; and risk of debt spiral.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1016/S2212-5671(15)01334-9
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
School/Department: York Business School
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1976

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