Debt Dynamics and Credit Risk

Peter Feldhütter, Stephen Schaefer

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Abstrakt

The dynamics of debt are crucial in structural models of credit risk, and this paper provides a theoretical and empirical examination of these dynamics. Empirically, the future level of debt in US industrial firms is negatively related to current leverage. Furthermore, when a firm experiences a negative shock to it’s equity, debt increases in the short run but declines in the long run, relative to a positive-shock firm. We incorporate these dynamics of debt into a structural model of credit risk and compare the term structure of default rates and credit spreads with those in existing models. The model improves the ability to capture the level of credit spreads, particularly at short maturities.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2020
Antal sider70
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedThe 55th Annual Conference of the Western Finance Association. WFA 2020 - Virtual
Varighed: 19 jun. 202022 jun. 2020
Konferencens nummer: 55
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Konference

KonferenceThe 55th Annual Conference of the Western Finance Association. WFA 2020
Nummer55
LokationVirtual
Periode19/06/202022/06/2020
Internetadresse

Emneord

  • Structural models
  • Debt levels
  • Default rates
  • Default boundary
  • Credit risk

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