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Temporal resolution of uncertainty, disclosure policy, and corporate debt yields

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  • John, Kose
  • Reisz, Alexander S.

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In this paper, we study how risk-shifting incentives and the design of debt covenants are affected by the pattern of temporal resolution of uncertainty (TRU) in the underlying technology of the firm. We show that the extent of risk-shifting as well as the yield demanded on corporate debt are larger the later the resolution of uncertainty (thus providing one explanation for the empirical evidence of Reisz and Perlich (2006)). We allow for contracting based on verifiable information disclosed by the manager. In this context, we characterize optimal covenants restricting investment. The effects of these covenants on the firm's investment policy and corporate bond yields under different disclosure policies and patterns of TRU are studied. Empirical implications are derived and discussed.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Corporate Finance.

Volume (Year): 16 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (December)
Pages: 655-678

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Handle: RePEc:eee:corfin:v:16:y:2010:i:5:p:655-678

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Keywords: Temporal resolution of uncertainty Agency games Asymmetric information Yield spreads;

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