The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 and Entrepreneurial Activity

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This paper empirically investigates the effect of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 on entrepreneurial activity. We find that this act had virtually no noticeable effect on the overall level of entrepreneurship, measured by self-employment, partly because potential entrepreneurs were more likely to seek limited liability to offset the reduction in wealth protection imposed by the new law. That is, the incorporation rate increased for small businesses after the new law was enacted. This increase emphasizes that limited liability provided by incorporation is an important strategic variable that potential entrepreneurs utilize in response to changes in personal bankruptcy law. This study implies that incorporation is an important parameter to consider in understanding the relationship between bankruptcy law and entrepreneurial activity. The policy implication of this study is that entrepreneurs do respond to changes in personal bankruptcy law, even though it is intended for consumers, so this potential side effect should be considered when designing a new law.
Publisher
WILEY-BLACKWELL
Issue Date
2013
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

SELF-EMPLOYMENT; LIQUIDITY CONSTRAINTS; PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY; CREDIT; BUSINESS

Citation

JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, v.22, no.2, pp.259 - 280

ISSN
1058-6407
DOI
10.1111/jems.12011
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/244604
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