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The challenges of bankruptcy reform

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  • Cirmizi, Elena
  • Klapper, Leora
  • Uttamchandani, Mahesh

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The 2008 financial crisis was followed by a global economic downturn, credit crunch, and reduction in cross-border lending, trade finance, remittances, and foreign direct investment, which adversely affected businesses around the world. The consequent increase in the number of firm insolvencies in the financial and corporate sectors highlights the importance of efficient bankruptcy laws. This paper summarizes the theoretical and empirical literature on bankruptcy design, discusses the challenges of introducing and implementing bankruptcy reforms, and presents examples of how policymakers are trying to use the current economic downturn as an opportunity to engage in meaningful reform of the bankruptcy process.

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  • Cirmizi, Elena & Klapper, Leora & Uttamchandani, Mahesh, 2010. "The challenges of bankruptcy reform," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5448, The World Bank.
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    1. Asli Demirgüç-Kunt & Luis Servén, 2010. "Are All the Sacred Cows Dead? Implications of the Financial Crisis for Macro- and Financial Policies," World Bank Research Observer, World Bank Group, vol. 25(1), pages 91-124, February.
    2. Asli Demirgüç-Kunt & Ross Levine, 2008. "Finance, Financial Sector Policies, and Long-Run Growth," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 28021, April.
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    Bankruptcy and Resolution of Financial Distress; Debt Markets; Access to Finance; Deposit Insurance; Banks&Banking Reform;

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