Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Robert M. Lawless, Elizabeth Warren

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This article assesses the state of empirical legal research and chronicles the field's history focusing on bankruptcy. This article begins with a discussion of what might have attracted bankruptcy scholars to extract an empirical vein in their scholarly work. It offers a short chronicle of the development of empirical bankruptcy scholarship from Justice Douglas to the current generation. Because of the relative paucity of such scholarship outside the U.S., this chronicle inevitably focuses on that country. It is divided into separate discussions of individual and corporate bankruptcy. It elaborates the substantial amount of empirical scholarship in bankruptcy as compared with other fields, the grounds on which academic debates play out offer significant explanatory factors. This article concludes with some discussion regarding empirical questions on which bankruptcy scholars might probably focus future attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743641
ISBN (Print)9780199542475
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Corporate bankruptcy
  • Empirical bankruptcy
  • Empirical legal research
  • History
  • Justice douglas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Lawless, R. M., & Warren, E. (2012). Bankruptcy and Insolvency. In The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research Oxford University Press.