Journal of Libertarian Studies

Bankruptcy as an Economic Intervention

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

Bankruptcy law is a system of interventionary legislation which interferes with the ability of individuals freely to establish the terms of loan contracts. It benefits the less prudent and less scrupulous borrowers -indeed may encourage their conduct -while making loans costlier for the honest and conscientious. Bankruptcy is defined as “that system of laws by which an insolvent debtor surrenders his property to a court which distributes the proceeds proportionately among his creditors and usually declares the debts discharged”. It is a system which provides, in other words, for the coercive elimination of contractual obligations.

Volume 1, Number 4 (1977)


White, Lawrence H. “Bankruptcy as an Economic Intervention.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 1, No.4 (1977): 281-288.

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