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Bankruptcy priority rules, Secured creditors, Finnish secured creditor priority rules, Finnish priority reform


Applied Statistics | Bankruptcy Law | Foreign Law


This article assesses the effect of a reduction in secured creditor priority on distributions and administrative costs in liquidating bankruptcy cases by reporting the first empirical study of the effect of a priority change. Priority reform had redistributive effects in liquidating bankruptcy. As expected, average payments to general unsecured creditors were significantly higher after the reform than before the reform and payments to secured creditors decreased. Reform did not increase the size of the pie to be distributed in bankruptcy. Nor did it increase the direct costs of bankruptcy.

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Published in: European Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 18, no. 3 (December 2004).