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Women file for bankruptcy more than men, data say

WASHINGTON -- Women are resorting to personal bankruptcy more frequently than men and married couples, according to new data released by a Harvard law professor who specializes in bankruptcy.

As Congress debates legislation to make it harder for people to erase debts in bankruptcy, the new study being written by Elizabeth Warren, a widely-quoted expert, will likely become fresh ammunition for opponents of the proposed restrictions.But another bankruptcy expert voiced skepticism Monday about the study, saying it doesn't appear to conclusively demonstrate a link between gender and bankruptcy.

"There's not much there," said Sam Gerdano, executive director of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Warren was traveling Monday and not available for an interview.