The Leniency of Personal Bankruptcy Regulations in the EU Countries

Walter, György and Krenchel, Jens Valdemar (2021) The Leniency of Personal Bankruptcy Regulations in the EU Countries. Risks, 9 (9). DOI

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Discussions on personal bankruptcy regulations are usually focused on the controversial effects of leniency on society, economy, financial markets, entrepreneurship, and labour supply. However, the methodology of measuring leniency has been limited to one-time legislative changes or some elements of the US personal bankruptcy system. In contrast, we create a composite index of personal bankruptcy legislations. We calculate the composite index for 25 EU countries and the US as a benchmark, validate the results, and rank the countries according to the leniency of their personal bankruptcy systems. We analyse the index scores by region, law origin, and the age of the regime. We conclude that the systems show high heterogeneity and cannot be clustered by region or legal origin assumed based on former studies. However, there is a strong association between leniency and the age of legislation. Results indicate that personal bankruptcy policies in the EU are usually launched as creditor-friendly and are later shifted to a more lenient direction.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:personal bankruptcy, fresh start, leniency, public policy, EU
JEL classification:G28 - Financial Institutions and Services: Government Policy and Regulation
J18 - Public Policy
K35 - Personal Bankruptcy Law
O52 - Economywide Country Studies: Europe
ID Code:6839
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:23 Sep 2021 09:34
Last Modified:23 Sep 2021 09:34

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