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L’effacement des dettes des particuliers surendettés : Une étude empirique des décisions judiciaires


  • Régis Blazy
  • Bertrand Chopard
  • Eric Langlais
  • Ydriss Ziane


In this paper, we explore the mechanisms employed by the French judges while discharging personal debts in exchange for liquidation of debtors' assets. Our empirical results highlight the determinants of judicial selection between debtors whose debts are wiped out and those who have to reimburse them. These empirical results help us to understand better how much French personal bankruptcy law is rather pro creditor than pro debtor.

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  • Régis Blazy & Bertrand Chopard & Eric Langlais & Ydriss Ziane, 2012. "L’effacement des dettes des particuliers surendettés : Une étude empirique des décisions judiciaires," EconomiX Working Papers 2012-10, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
  • Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2012-10

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    1. Ethan Cohen-Cole & Burcu Duygan-Bump & Judit Montoriol-Garriga, 2009. "Forgive and forget: who gets credit after bankruptcy and why?," Risk and Policy Analysis Unit Working Paper QAU09-2, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
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    personal bankruptcy; courts; debt restructurings;

    JEL classification:

    • K35 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Personal Bankruptcy Law
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General

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