Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Empirical Comparative Analysis of Household Sector Liabilities and Assets in the Context of Financial Crisis
Issue: Vol. 7, No 2, 2014
Published date: 20-05-2014 (print) / 20-05-2014 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Łucja Tomaszewicz
Keywords: national accounts, saving, accumulation, financial crisis
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2014/7-2/5
Index PUBMS: 1ee9203b-aa13-11e7-8eae-080027f4daa0
Language: English
Pages: 47-63 (17)
JEL classification: G01, E21, E22

This paper presents the characteristics and trends in household debt and assets in Poland and selected European countries (Germany, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Lithuania) over the period of 2005-2012. The empirical analysis presented in this paper aims to support the thesis that although the changes in the level and structure of household debt in those countries were not the primary source of the crisis, they had some impact on its course, and the financial crisis influenced the direction of these changes. Data are taken from the ESA, mainly the Eurostat Database. The analysis is carried out on the basis of a simple measure which is the relation of liabilities (by types of household debt) to assets compared with the relation of savings to the household assets.