Conventional wisdom holds that individuals find it difficult to obtain new credit post-bankruptcy. Using credit bureau data, we test this hypothesis and show that more than 90% of bankrupt individuals receive credit shortly after filing. Individuals with good credit history prior to filing have reduced credit availability after bankruptcy while those with ex-ante low credit quality receive more credit. We show that credit supplied to low quality individuals is severely curtailed during the financial crisis. We also find that the default probability on new debt increases after bankruptcy, especially among individuals with high ex-ante credit score. These findings are consistent with an information channel, in which bankruptcy reveals new information about a borrower's credit quality. © 2013.
- Consumer finance
- Credit access
- Information and lending
- Personal bankruptcy
Cohen-Cole, E., Duygan-Bump, B., & Montoriol-Garriga, J. (2013). Who gets credit after bankruptcy and why? An information channel. Journal of Banking and Finance, 37(12), 5101-5117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbankfin.2013.07.036