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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 September 8, 2016

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Bankruptcy Project Progress Overview Table

Publications

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Nicholas Ziebarth (forthcoming), "Credit Relationships and Business Bankruptcy During the Great Depression" (with Nicholas L. Ziebarth) AEJ: Macroeconomics.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Michelle M. Miller (Forthcoming) "A New View of Women in Bankruptcy" (with Michelle M. Miller), American Bankruptcy Institute Journal.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen (2014). "Sources of Credit and the Extent of the Credit Market: A View from Bankruptcy Records, Mississippi 1929-1936." In Enterprising America, William Collins and Robert Margo (editors)(Chicago: NBER/Chicago University Press), pp. 179-214.

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.

Doctoral Dissertations

Dongping Xie (2017, expected). 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. (Best Social Science Presentation)

Presentations 

John Pedersen, "Gender and Bankruptcy," Eastern Economic Association Meetings, February 2015.

Matthew E. Davis, "Disasters, Federal Disaster Relief Policy, and Bankruptcy Filings" (Poster Session) Economic History Association Annual Meetings, September 1025 (poster session).

Matthew E. Davis, "Government Policy and Adverse Events," Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings, November 2015.

Matthew E. Davis, "Natural Disasters, Disaster Aid, and Bankruptcy Filings in the United States," Dickenson College, December 2015.

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

Megan Lynn Fasules, "The Impact of Medicare on Bankruptcy," Washington Area Economic History Workshop, November 2012.

Megan Lynn Fasules, "The Impact of Medicare on Bankruptcy Rates," Economic and Business Association Annual Meeting, May 2013.

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, “Intersectoral Differences in Sources of Credit,” Enterprising American Conference, December 2013.

Megan Lynn Fasules, "The Impact of Medicare on Personal Bankruptcy," (Poster Session), Economic History Association Annual Meeting, September 2014.

Megan Lynn Fasules, "The Impact of Medicare on Medical Debt Under Personal Bankruptcy," Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting, November 2014. 

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

Working Papers

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Nicholas L. Ziebarth, "Credit Relationships and Business Bankruptcy during the Great Depression"

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Michelle M. Miller, "A New View of Women in Bankruptcy"