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A Sample of Historical Bankruptcy Cases: Progress Report

The table below summarizes our progress. Courts are chosen at random from holdings at the National Archives, with the exception of the courts in Mississippi, Maryland, and Alabama, which were chosen to ensure that case files from all historical periods were piloted to facilitate the following research questions:

  • To what extent did the St. Louis Fed's no bailout policy send insolvent but illiquid borrowers into bankruptcy?
  • To what extent did bankruptcy rates among men and women converge between 1940 and 2000?
  • To what extent did local trends in bankruptcy and indebtedness diverge from district and state trends?
  • To what extent are African-Americans represented in early filings?

 

Project Status as of March 9, 2017

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Bankruptcy Project Progress Overview Table

Publications

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, (2015). "Sources of Credit and the Extent of the Credit Market: A View from Bankruptcy Records, Mississippi 1929-1936," Enterprising America, (William Collins and Robert Margo, editors) NBER/Chicago University Press, pp. 179-214.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Michelle M. Miller, (2016). "A New View of Women in Bankruptcy: Evidence from Maryland since 1940," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 34, 11 (November 2016), pp. 81-83.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Nicholas L. Ziebarth, (2017). "Credit Relationships and Business Bankruptcy during the Great Depression" AEJ: Macroeconomics (April 2017).

 

Related Data Publications

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, Matthew Davis, and Megan Fasules (2015). "United States Bankruptcy Statistics by District, 1899-2007," Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-03-02. 

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, Jess Chen, and Matthew Davis, "United States District Court Boundary Shapefiles (1900-2000)," Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-03-02.

 

Grants

Institute for New Economic Thinking, "Emergency Preservation of Federal Bankruptcy Court Records," (co-PI Michelle Miller, Rutgers Business School) August 1, 2011-April 30, 2012

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Grant Number 2011-6-16), "Digital Preservation of Bankruptcy Court Records, 1898-2000," (co-PI Michelle Miller, Rutgers Business School) September 15, 2011-October 31, 2013

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education, "Opening New Views into Bankruptcy and Credit Markets Using Court Records," January 1, 2013-December 31, 2013

National Science Foundation, Economics Program Dissertation Improvement Grant (SES-1324468), "Doctoral Dissertation Research in Economics: The Impact of Medicare on Bankruptcy," dissertation supervisor for Megan Fasules, August 15, 2013-July 31, 2014

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education, "Continuation Funding for Opening New Views into Bankruptcy and Credit Markets Using Court Records," January 1, 2014-June 30, 2014

National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research: Opening New Views into Bankruptcy and Credit Markets Using Court Records," June 2014-June 2016.

 

Doctoral Dissertations

Dongping Xie (2017). Three Essays on Monetary Policy Transmission and Banking Crises. American University.

Jess Chen (2016). Local Spillovers in Bankruptcy. American University.

Matthew E. Davis (2016). Natural Disasters, Bankruptcy and Disaster Aid: Evidence from the United States. American University.

Megan Lynn Fasules (2015). The Impact of Medicare on Bankruptcy. American University.

 

Undergraduate Honors Theses or Economic Capstone Papers

John Pedersen (2015). Gender and Bankruptcy. Economics Capstone Project.

Zach Duey (2014). Impacts of Bank Failures on Firm Entry and Exit. Honors Capstone.

 

Presentations

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, "Financial System Liquidity and Bankruptcy: Mississippi 1929-31," Economic History Association Annual Meeting, September 2012.

Megan Lynn Fasules and Mary Eschelbach Hansen, "Interactions Between Social Insurance Programs: The Impact of Medicare on the Characteristics of Petitioners for Bankruptcy" Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting, January 2013.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, "Sources of Credit and the Extent of the Credit Market: A View from Bankruptcy Records, Mississippi 1929-1936," Enterprising America NBER Conference, December 14, 2013.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Megan Fasules, "Interactions between Social Insurance Programs: The Impact of Medicare on the Characteristics of Petitioners for Bankruptcy," American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 2014/

Megan Lynn Fasules, "The Impact of Medicare on Personal Bankruptcy," poster presentation for Economic History Association Annual Meeting, September 2014.

Zach Duey (2014). Impacts of Bank Failures on Firm Entry and Exit. Honors Capstone Conference. Recipient of Best Social Science Presentation.

Matthew Davis, "Natural Disasters, Disaster Aid, and Bankruptcy Filings in the United States," Dickinson College, October 2015.

Matthew Davis, "Disasters, Federal Disaster Relief Policy and Bankruptcy Filings," Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association, September 2015.

Matthew Davis, "Government Policy and Adverse Events," Annual Meeting of the Southern Economic Association, November 2015.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, "A New View of Women in Bankruptcy," Annual Meeting of the Economic and Business History Society, May 2016.

Michelle M. Miller, "A New View of Women in Bankruptcy," Annual Meeting of the American Law and Economics Association, May 2016.

Dongping Xie, "Bank Lending Standards and Business Debts," Economic History and Development Workshop, George Mason University, August 2016.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Bradley A. Hansen, "The Renegotiation of the Relationship between Consumers and their Creditors, 1966-1979," Eastern Economic Association Meetings, February 2017