Friday, May 01, 2015

Bradley A. Hansen


Professor of Economics and Affiliated Faculty in American Studies, University of Mary Washington.

Contact Information:
Bradley A. Hansen
Department of Economics
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA
Phone: 540 654 1484




  • Bankrupt in America: A History of Consumers, Businesses, their Creditors, and the Law in the Twentieth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (under contract)
  • Institutions, Entrepreneurs and American Economic History: How The Farmers’ Loan and Trust Company Shaped the Laws of Business from 1822 to 1929. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • The National Economy. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • "The Historian's Craft and Economics," (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Journal of Institutional Economics (accepted).
  • “A Failure of Regulation? Reinterpreting the Panic of 1907,” Business History Review 88 (Autumn 2014):545-569. 
  •  “The Evolution of Garnishment and Wage Assignment Law in Illinois,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Essays in Economic and Business History 32 (May 2014):19-46.
  •  “Crisis and Bankruptcy: The Mediating Role of State Law, 1922-1932,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Journal of Economic History 72 (2012):440-460.
  • “Constraining the state’s ability to employ force: the standing army debates, 1697-99,” (with Shawn Humphrey) Journal of Institutional Economics 6 (2010): 243-259.
  • “Religion, Social Capital and Business Bankruptcy in the United States, 1921-1932” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Business History 50 (November 2008): 714-727.
  • “The Role of Path Dependence in the Development of U.S. Bankruptcy Law, 1880-1938” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Journal of Institutional Economics 3 (August 2007): 203 225.
  • “New Evidence on Race Discrimination Under ‘Separate But Equal’,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Essays in Economic and Business History 24(2006): 120-139.
  • "An Economic Analysis of Adoption from Foster Care," (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Child Welfare 85 (May/June 2006): 559-83.
  • "The Fable of the Allegory: The Wizard of Oz in Economics," The Journal of Economic Education 33 (Summer 2002): 254-63.
  • "Learning To Tax: The Political Economy of the Opium Trade in Iran, 1921-1941," Journal of Economic History 61(March 2001):95-113.
  • "The People's Welfare and the Origins of Corporate Reorganization: The Wabash Receivership Reconsidered," Business History Review 74 (Autumn 2000): 377-405. (Recipient of Newcomen-Harvard Special Award from Harvard Business School and the Newcomen Society.)
  • "Commercial Associations and the Creation of a National Economy: The Demand for Federal Bankruptcy Law," Business History Review 72 (Spring 1998): 86-113.
  • "The Political Economy of Bankruptcy: The Bankruptcy Act of 1898," Essays in Economic and Business History 15(1997):155-171.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Debt," in Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy, edited by Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O'Connor (2004).
  • "Bankruptcy Law," in EH.NET's Online Encyclopedia of Economic History  (Summer 2001).

Book Reviews

Other Publications