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A public good approach to credit ratings – From concept to reality

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  • Duan, Jin-Chuan
  • Van Laere, Elisabeth
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    From the onset of the 2008–2009 financial crisis to the subsequent European sovereign debt crisis, credit rating agencies have been assigned considerable blame. Reforming the credit rating industry has hence become an important policy issue. In addition to the regulatory efforts in the context of accepting the for-profit business model of ratings, there is a growing realization that credit ratings bear the characteristics of a public good. Financial market participants need reliable, transparent and independent assessment of credit risks. Credit ratings are therefore better viewed as an infrastructure matter. However, the proposed regulations seem to have missed this point. This paper introduces a new approach to credit ratings undertaken by the Risk Management Institute at the National University of Singapore that is predicated on the provision of credit ratings as a public good. With a public good alternative in place, the currently predominant for-profit business model may be counterbalanced.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 12 ()
    Pages: 3239-3247

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:36:y:2012:i:12:p:3239-3247

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    Keywords: Rating agencies; Financial regulation; Rating transparency; Probability of default; Forward intensity;

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