A Debtor World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Debt

Hardcover | October 11, 2012

EditorRalph Brubaker, Robert M. Lawless, Charles J. Tabb

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A Debtor World contains a collection of contributions about the societal implications of private debt. The essays comprising this volume are authored by dozens of leading U.S. and international academics who have written about debt or issues related to debt in a wide range of disciplinesincluding law, sociology, psychology, history, economics, and more. The goal of this collection is to explore debt neither as a problem nor a solution but as a phenomenon and to promote the exchange of knowledge to better comprehend why consumers and businesses decide to borrow money. It asks what happens to businesses and consumers under a heavy debt load, and whatlegal norms and institutions societies need to encourage the efficient use of debt while promoting a greater understanding of the global phenomenon of increased indebtedness and societal dependence.

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A Debtor World contains a collection of contributions about the societal implications of private debt. The essays comprising this volume are authored by dozens of leading U.S. and international academics who have written about debt or issues related to debt in a wide range of disciplinesincluding law, sociology, psychology, history, ec...

Ralph Brubaker is a professor of law at the University of Illinois. He is a prolific scholar of bankruptcy law and policy and is an expert on the complex jurisdictional and procedural facets of federal bankruptcy proceedings. He has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institut...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsPrefaceI. Social Institutions That Create an Indebted World1. Craig Muldrew: Debt, Credit and Poverty in Early Modern England2. Teresa A. Sullivan: Debt and the Simulation of Social Class3. George Ritzer: "Hyperconsumption" and "Hyperdebt": A "Hypercritical" AnalysisII. Decisions to Lend4. Amir Sufi: Lender Incentives, Credit Risk, and Securitization: Evidence from the Subprime Mortgage Crisis5. Paul Vaaler and Gerry McNamara: How and Why Credit Assessors "Get it Wrong" When Judging the Risk of Borrowers: Past and Present Evidence at Home and AbroadIII. Decisions to Borrow6. Stephen E. G. Lea, Avril J. Mewse and Wendy Wrapson: The Psychology of Debt in Poor Households in Britain7. Brian Knutson and Gregory R Samanez-Larkin: Brain, Decision, and Debt8. Richard L. Wiener, Jason A. Cantone, Michael Holtje and Susan Block-Lieb: The Limits of Enhanced Disclosure in Bankruptcy Law: Anticipated and Experienced EmotionIV. Political and Legal Responses to Over-Indebtedness9. Heidi M. Hurd: The Virtue of Consumer Bankruptcy10. Terence C. Halliday, Susan Block-Lieb and Bruce G. Carruthers: Missing Debtors: National Lawmaking and Global Norm-Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Regimes11. Elizabeth Warren: Balance of KnowledgeIndex