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Patterns in the Bankruptcy Reorganization of Large, Publicly Held Companies, 1979-1988: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, aggregate data, and machine-readable text
  • LoPucki, Lynn M.
  • Whitford, William C.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
bankruptcy; bankruptcy re-organization; business conditions; businesses; corporate debt; financial assets; income
  • Abstract

    This data collection gathered information on select large, publicly held companies that filed for bankruptcy during 1979-1988. The goal of the study was to identify patterns in the filing, processing, and distributions of bankruptcy reorganization in large, publicly held companies. Data were collected on the companies' income, assets, sales, trading, value of stocks and notes, equity, claims, debt filing, mode of bankruptcy filing, secured and unsecured claims, distribution to unsecured creditors and equity holders, and liquidation. Data are also provided on the name of the debtor company, place, date, and day of bankruptcy filing, and the number of persons employed by the company before and after filing for bankruptcy. Additional information is provided on changes at the chief executive officer (CEO) level before, during, and after bankruptcy, and on the CEO's exit salary.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Air Florida Data
    • DS2: Amarex Company Data
    • DS3: American International Data
    • DS4: Anglo Energy Data
    • DS5: Baldwin United Data
    • DS6: Braniff Airways Data
    • DS7: Charter Company Data
    • DS8: Combustion Equipment Company Data
    • DS9: Continental Airlines Data
    • DS10: Cook United Data
    • DS11: Crystal Oil Company Data
    • DS12: Dreco Incorporated Data
    • DS13: Energetics Company Data
    • DS14: EPIC Company Data
    • DS15: Evans Products Company Data
    • DS16: Funding Systems Corporation Data
    • DS17: HRT Company Data
    • DS18: Itel Corporation Data
    • DS19: King's Department Stores Data
    • DS20: Lionel Company Data
    • DS21: Manville Corporation Data
    • DS22: Marion Corporation Data
    • DS23: Mclouth Steel Corporation Data
    • DS24: MGF Oil Company Data
    • DS25: Narrative Data
    • DS26: NSF20 Data
    • DS27: NSF40 Data
    • DS28: NSF60 Data
    • DS29: NSF80 Data
    • DS30: NSF95 Data
    • DS31: NSFVENUE Data
    • DS32: Nucorp Company Data
    • DS33: Oxoco Company Data
    • DS34: Penn-Dixie Industries Data
    • DS35: Phoenix Steel Company Data
    • DS36: Pizza Time Theatre Company Data
    • DS37: Protocol Data
    • DS38: Revere Company Data
    • DS39: Salant Corporation Data
    • DS40: Sambo Corporation Data
    • DS41: Saxon Industries Data
    • DS42: Seatrain Lines Company Data
    • DS43: Smith International Company Data
    • DS44: Sorted Data
    • DS45: Storage Technology Company Data
    • DS46: Tacoma Company Data
    • DS47: Technical Equities Firm Data
    • DS48: Towle Manufacturing Company Data
    • DS49: Towner Petroleum Company Data
    • DS50: White Motor Company Data
    • DS51: Wickes Corporation Data
    • DS52: Wilson Foods Company Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-10 / 1988-03
    Time period: 1979-10--1988-03
  • 1986 / 1990
    Collection date: 1986--1990
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Bankruptcy reorganization cases filed by or against debtors in bankruptcy courts of the United States on or before October 1, 1979, with plan confirmed on or before March 15, 1988, and with debtor listed assets of $100 million or more and at least one class of the debtor's investment securities publicly held.
Collection Mode
  • (1) Parts 26-31 are numeric data files that contain the variables NSF20, NSF40, NSF60, NSF80, NSF95, and NSFVENUE for all companies. The remaining 46 files in the collection are in ASCII text format, and they provide individual narrative descriptions of the bankruptcy filings for each separate company. The text files consist of one wrapped line. (2) The codebook, record layout, and data map are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 53 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-8618353).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2555 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02555.v1
  • Ondersma, Chrystin. Employment patterns in relation to bankruptcy. American Bankruptcy Law Journal.83, (2), 237-251.2009.
  • LoPucki, Lynn M., Whitford, William C.. Patterns in the bankruptcy reorganization of large, publicly held companies. Cornell Law Review.78, (4), 597-618.1993.
  • LoPucki, Lynn M.. Strange visions in a strange world: A reply to Professors Bradley and Rosenzweig. Michigan Law Review.91, (1), 79-110.1992.
    • ID: 10.2307/1289789 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

LoPucki, Lynn M.; Whitford, William C. (1998): Patterns in the Bankruptcy Reorganization of Large, Publicly Held Companies, 1979-1988: [United States]. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.