Curious about the interrelationship between law, legal families and debt structure?
Here's a paper my American colleague and I wrote
Legal Rights Matter: Evidence from Panel Data on Creditor Protection and Debt published 2008 in volume 9 of International Finance Review. You can download it here.
At the outset of writing my thesis, this was what interested me most. However, in 2004-5 I realised that I could use a novel approach to show that it's people's understanding of the law that influences their use of law and decisions concering protection of their property rights. Therefore I decided to study the legal consciousness of the end users of law - entrepreneurs to find that there is a significant effect of legal consciousness on transactional behavior.
The papers on this issue you cannot download now, I will make them available soon.