The Unequal Effect of Interest Rates by Race, Gender
Abstract: Household spending typically falls as interest rates rise, but the responses vary by race and gender. Data show that households with mortgages headed by white women cut their spending on durable goods about a quarter percentage point in the three years following a 1 percentage point increase in interest rates. This is a much larger reduction than for households with mortgages headed by white men or Black men or women. The differences highlight the challenge of understanding how policy interest rate changes affect a diverse population.
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Description: Essay Contest: Unlocking Our Potential
Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Part of Series: FRBSF Economic Letter
Publication Date: 2022-08-01
Note: This Economic Letter was developed through the San Francisco Fed’s Unlocking Our Potential essay contest for graduate students.