Will the Bankruptcy Reform Work? An Empirical Analysis of Financial Reorganization in Canada
AbstractThe new Bankruptcy Act has two clear aims: (i) to increase the number of firms opting for reorganization over liquidation, and (ii) to increase protection for wage earners at bankrupt firms. The paper examines a unique micro data set of 338 commercial financial reorganization proposals filed in Canada during the period 1978-87 to determine whether these aims are likely to be met. Estimates from a logit model of reorganization plan acceptance indicate that the new Act will result in a roughly 7 percentage point increase in the number of reorganization plans that creditors accept. Everything else being equal, these changes are estimated to save about 120 jobs per year in Canada. Thus, while the new Act will increase the rate at which creditors accept reorganization plans, the actual impact of a higher acceptance rate will be quite small.
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Volume (Year): 20 (1994)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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