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Household Debt Restructuring : The Re-default Effects of Debt Suspensions

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When facing financial distress, French households can file a case to a “households’ over-indebtedness commission” (HDC). The HDC can order an immediate repayment or grant a debt suspension. Exploiting the random assignment of bankruptcy filings to managers, we show that a debt suspension has a very significant and negative effect on the likelihood to re-default but that this impact is only short-lived. Five years after the decision—conditionally on not having previously re-defaulted—the probability of re-default is the same whether or not the household benefits from the grace period.

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  • H. Fraisse, 2017. "Household Debt Restructuring : The Re-default Effects of Debt Suspensions," Débats économiques et financiers 29, Banque de France.
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    Keywords

    Bankruptcy; Household Finance; Default; Debt Restructuring.;
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    JEL classification:

    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • K35 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Personal Bankruptcy Law

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