Credit Card Rates and Consumer Switch: New Evidence
International Journal of Economics and Finance
This paper investigates the underlying determinants of consumer's choices regarding switching credit-card balances. To estimate the likelihood that consumers switch credit cards, two logit models are estimated. Using data from the Consumer Finance Monthly (CFM) of The Ohio State University, the author finds that at the conventional 5 percent level of significance, the following variables have significance: old interest rate, new interest rate, duration of the introductory rate, balances, number
... e, balances, number of credit cards, homeownership, and age. As expected, interest rates, balances, the duration of new introductory offer rates, and homeownership have the greatest influence on why or why not people switch credit cards. The findings are consistent with the view that consumers make rational decisions in the credit card market, challenging Ausubel's (1991) argument of credit card consumer irrationality and Calem and Mester's (1995) empirical finding that credit card rates are sticky because consumers are irresponsive to rate cuts.