Personal and corporate sector debt

Devereux, Michael, Sterne, Gabriel and Smith, Jennifer (1994) Personal and corporate sector debt. Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, 34 (2).


This article examines the influence of debt on the behaviour of households and firms in the recent recession. It compares the levels of debt in the two sectors in recent years, and the sectors’ reactions to indebtedness. It then considers each sector in turn. Debt was more unevenly spread across both households and firms in the recent recession than in its predecessors. Partly as a result, disaggregated data can in both cases help in reaching a more accurate picture of the influence of debt on behaviour, and in deciding between competing explanations of recent developments in the two sectors.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: corporate debt; household debt; economic recession
Subject(s): Taxation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2011 10:45
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 13:19

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