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An equilibrium model of credit rating agencies

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  • Steinar Holden

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    (University of Oslo)

  • Gisle James Natvik

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    (Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway))

  • Adrien Vigier

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    (University of Oslo)

Abstract

We develop a model of credit rating agencies (CRAs) based on reputation concerns. Ratings affect investors' choice and, thereby, also issuers' access to funding and default risk. We show that - in equilibrium - the informational content of credit ratings is inferior to that of CRAs' private information. We find that CRAs have a pro-cyclical impact on default risk: in a liquidity boom CRAs help resolve investors' coordination problem, and lower the probability of default; in a liquidity crunch CRAs raise the probability of default. Furthermore, rating standards tend to be pro-cyclical, while biased CRA-incentives will ultimately be selfdefeating.

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Paper provided by Norges Bank in its series Working Paper with number 2012/23.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 18 Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bno:worpap:2012_23

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