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Ben Iverson

Publications

Bankruptcy Spillovers, with Shai Bernstein, Emanuele Colonnelli, and Xavier Giroud, Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming

Asset Allocation in Bankruptcy, with Shai Bernstein and Emanuele Colonnelli, Journal of Finance, forthcoming
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Get in Line: Chapter 11 Restructuring in Crowded Bankruptcy Courts, Management Science, forthcoming
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The Ownership and Trading of Debt Claims in Chapter 11 Restructurings, with Victoria Ivashina and David Smith, Journal of Financial Economics 119, Issue 2 (February 2016): 316-335.
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  • Winner of Jensen Prize for Best Paper in Corporate Finance and Organizations (Second Prize)
Subprime Foreclosures and the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform, with Donald Morgan and Matthew Botsch, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Economic Policy Review 18, No. 1 (March 2012): 47-57.

Working Papers

Trade Creditors' Information Advantage, with Victoria Ivashina, January 2018.

Abstract: Using information on the sales of debt claims for 132 U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, we show that large trade creditors’ decisions to sell receivables of a distressed company in bankruptcy are predictive of lower recovery rates, and that in such cases these creditors sell ahead of less informed suppliers and other creditors. This result is especially pronounced for more opaque distressed firms, when trade creditors’ information advantage is likely largest. This evidence shows that suppliers that extend significant amounts of trade credit hold private information about their trade partners. Trade creditors who are geographically closer or in similar industries tend to lend the most, suggesting that these are two channels through which suppliers hold an information advantage.

Can Gambling Increase Savings? Empircal Evidence on Prize-linked Savings Accounts, with Shawn Cole and Peter Tufano, June 2018.
Abstract: This paper studies the adoption and impact of prize-linked savings (PLS) accounts, which offer lottery-like payouts to individual account holders in lieu of interest. Using micro-level data from a bank in South Africa, we show that PLS is attractive to a broad group of individuals, with financially-constrained individuals and those with no other deposit accounts particularly likely to participate. Individuals who choose to use PLS increase their total savings on average by 1% of annual income. Exploiting the random assignment of prizes, we present causal evidence that PLS substitutes for lottery gambling, but is a complement to standard savings.

Practice Makes Perfect: Judge Experience and Bankruptcy Outcomes, with Josh Madsen, Wei Wang, and Qiping Xu, June 2018.
Abstract: Exploiting the within-district random assignment of bankruptcy cases to judges, we provide new evidence on the effects of judges' on-the-bench experience on large public corporate Chapter 11 outcomes. We find that cases assigned to more experienced judges spend less time in bankruptcy, are more likely to be reorganized rather than liquidated, but are not more likely to refile for bankruptcy after emergence. Heterogeneity tests suggest that exposure to a higher percentage of business filings and a greater diversity of business filings accelerates judges' learning curve, and that the effect of judge experience is stronger when the court is busy. In addition, we show that prior judgeship professional experience and personal attributes do not consistently explain case outcomes. Our evidence collectively highlights the importance of specific skills relative to general skills for major corporate bankruptcies and contributes to research on investment in human capital and learning by doing.