About the Bankruptcy Database Project

The Bankruptcy Database Project reports information on U.S. bankruptcy filings from open court records. We present two basic types of data: petitions filed and persons filed. We provide three analyses of our data: (1) filings under each chapter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, (2) commercial and noncommercial filings, and (3) filings by legal entities and by individuals. The chapter is counted as of the date of filing and is not adjusted if the case is later converted to a different chapter. For more information about the data, see the Bankruptcy Filings Database page.

The Administrative Office of U.S. Courts ("AOUSC") also releases statistics on the number of bankruptcy filings. The Bankruptcy Database Project data will differ from the AOUSC statistics. To the best of our knowledge, these differences result from several factors, including rules for counting reopened cases and joint petitions and for determining whether a case is a business case. More information about the differences between the AOUSC data and the data used on this site is available in Professor Robert Lawless's blog post, Why I Use AACER's Filing Statistics, at Credit Slips.

Automated Access to Court Electronic Records ("AACER") has provided the proprietary data that makes this web site possible. Everyone at the BDP at Harvard thanks AACER for its continued support and commitment to improving public policy through access to information.