Households’ probability of experiencing debt repayment difficulty in 1989 was examined using the 1,479 households in the 1983 1989 panel data of the Survey of Consumer Finances. The effects of 1983 household characteristics, attitudes and behavior regarding debt, debt portfolios, and intervening events were examined. Households were more likely to experience difficulty with debt repayment if they were younger, nonwhite, had larger households, had more positive attitudes toward credit had previous difficulty obtaining credit, had mortgage, automobile, or durable goods debt outstanding, had received financial support from relatives or friends, and had made major real estate transactions between 1986 and 1989. Key Words: Debt repayment, Household characteristics, Attitudes, Logit, Survey of Consumer Finances

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