Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Varieties of Financialization: What drives up household debt in Germany, and what curbs it?

Mertens, Daniel
Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln
Low interest rates from the European Central Bank, loan offers galore on the internet, zero-percent financing from retailers: it has rarely been easier to get personal credit. Evoking the dangers of excessive consumption and credit bubbles oversimplifies this phenomenon, however. A political economy of household debt puts household debt into perspective.

For the full text, see the German version.

Go to Editor View