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Effects of the BAPCPA on the chapter composition of consumer bankruptcies

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  • Cornwell, Christopher
  • Xu, Bing

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The 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act limited homestead exemptions and imposed means test to discourage petitioners seeking financial benefits. We find that these restrictions were effective in steering petitioners away from Chapter 7 filings and into Chapter 13.

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  • Cornwell, Christopher & Xu, Bing, 2014. "Effects of the BAPCPA on the chapter composition of consumer bankruptcies," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 439-442.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:124:y:2014:i:3:p:439-442
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.07.009
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    Keywords

    Bankruptcy; BAPCPA; Homestead exemption; Means test;
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    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • K35 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Personal Bankruptcy Law
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand

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