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Optimal Property Rights in Financial Contracting

Kenneth Ayotte and Patrick Bolton.

in The Review of Financial Studies

October 2011; p ublished online August 2011 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Property Law; Contract Law; Corporate Governance; Bankruptcy. 16338 words.

This article adopts a definition of property rights from legal scholarship: A property right (in contrast to a contractual right) is enforceable, not only against the parties to a contract,...

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Repossession and the Democratization of Credit

Juliano J. Assunção, Efraim Benmelech and Fernando S. S. Silva.

in The Review of Financial Studies

September 2014; p ublished online December 2013 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Corporate Governance; Bankruptcy; Contract Law; Law and Economics. 13188 words.

We exploit a 2004 credit reform in Brazil that simplified the sale of repossessed cars used as collateral for auto loans. We show that the reform expanded credit to riskier, self-employed...

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