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6.2 Buying Now, Paying Later

6.2 Buying Now, Paying Later
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    In Example 6, it should be noted that the graph showing total consumer credit in the United States excludes home mortgages. (See Exercise 18.)

    In the solution to Example 6, the average indebtedness per household in 1952 was

    or about $700. The average indebtedness per household in 2008 was

    or about $21,900. So, the average indebtedness per household increased by a factor of

    During the same time, the CPI increased by a factor of

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  • Checkpoint Solution

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    Lendol Calder may be right that the "now and then" comparison is not as straightforward as it seems, but I think that consumer debt is indeed a national problem. People not being able to pay their mortgage debt contributed to the subprime mortgage crisis of the 2000s, which had a hand in causing the 2008 recession. Consumers need to spend money for the economy to pick up, but for the millions who are in debt, spending more money would be personally irresponsible.

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    Ron Larson (author)1 decade ago |
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