Chambers College of Business and Economics
Credit card payments and revolving debt are important for consumer theory but a key data source — credit bureau records — does not distinguish between current charges and revolving debt from the previous month. We develop a theory-based econometric methodology informed by survey evidence to estimate the likelihood a consumer is revolving each quarter. We validate our approach using a new survey linked to credit bureau data. For likely revolvers: (1) 100 percent of an increase in credit becomes an increase in debt eventually; (2) credit limit changes are half as salient as debt changes; and (3) revolving status is extremely persistent.
Digital Commons Citation
Fulford, Scott and Schuh, Scott, "Revolving versus Convenience Use of Credit Cards: Evidence from U.S. Credit Bureau Data" (2020). Economics Faculty Working Papers Series. 53.