This study documents the credit outcomes of older adults immediately before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. On average, older adults experienced larger reductions in total household debt relative to younger adults. However, there is significant heterogeneity, where older adults with higher incomes experienced the largest declines, and lower-income older adults experienced an increase in total debt. Overall, these data highlight important trends in the credit experiences of older adults that may affect their future financial security.
Meta Brown, J. Michael Collins, and Stephanie Moulton. 2022. Economic impacts of the COVID- 19 crisis: evidence from credit and debt of older adults. Journal of Pension Economics & Finance (2022): 1-19.