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Debt Enforcement Around the World


Simeon Djankov


New Economic School (NES)

Oliver Hart


Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Caralee McLiesh


World Bank - International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Andrei Shleifer


Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

December 20, 2006

ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 147/2007

Abstract:     
We present insolvency practitioners from 88 countries with an identical case of a hotel about to default on its debt, and ask them to describe in detail how debt enforcement against this hotel will proceed in their countries. We use the data on time, cost, and the likely disposition of the assets (preservation as a going concern versus piecemeal sale) to construct a measure of the efficiency of debt enforcement in each country. We identify several characteristics of debt enforcement procedures, such as the structure of appeals and availability of floating charge finance, that influence efficiency. Our measure of efficiency of debt enforcement is strongly correlated with per capita income and legal origin and predicts debt market development across countries. Interestingly, it is also highly correlated with measures of the quality of contract enforcement and public regulation obtained in other studies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 69

Keywords: bankruptcy, legal origins

JEL Classification: G33, K2

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Date posted: December 21, 2006  

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Djankov, Simeon and Hart , Oliver and McLiesh, Caralee and Shleifer, Andrei, Debt Enforcement Around the World (December 20, 2006). ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 147/2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=953000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.953000

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Simeon Djankov
New Economic School (NES) ( email )
47 Nakhimovsky Prospekt
Moscow, 117418
Russia
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Oliver D. Hart
Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )
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Caralee McLiesh
World Bank - International Finance Corporation (IFC) ( email )
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Andrei Shleifer (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )
Littauer Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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617-496-1708 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.economics.harvard.edu/~ashleife/
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Belgium
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