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Ratings Performance, Regulation and the Great Depression: Lessons from Foreign Government Securities

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  • Flandreau, Marc
  • Gaillard, Norbert
  • Packer, Frank

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During the 1930s, rating agencies took up a central role in regulatory supervision that they still have today. We study the process through which they received this regulatory license. The proximate cause for this changeover was the economic shock of the Great Depression. Exploring the performance of rating agencies in assessing the risks of sovereign debt, an important segment of the bond market, we show that superior forecasting capacities cannot explain the agencies’ growing importance. We argue that the agencies’ perceived lack of conflicts of interest (in contrast to other financial intermediaries) was a major factor in bringing them to the forefront of a new regulatory regime.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 7328.

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Keywords: great depression; Rating agencies regulatory licence; sovereign debt;

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  1. Marc Flandreau, Norbert Gaillard, Ugo Panizza, 2009. "Conflicts of Interest, Reputation and the Interwar Debt Crisis: Banksters or Bad Luck?," IHEID Working Papers 02-2010, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, revised Feb 2010.
  2. Lawrence J. White, 2013. "Credit Rating Agencies: An Overview," Annual Review of Financial Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 5(1), pages 93-122, November.
  3. Marc Flandreau, Juan H. Flores, Norbert Gaillard, Sebastián Nieto-Parra, 2009. "The End of Gatekeeping: Underwriters and the Quality of Sovereign Bond Markets, 1815-2007," IHEID Working Papers 04-2009, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies.
  4. Agliardi, Elettra & Agliardi, Rossella & Pinar, Mehmet & Stengos, Thanasis & Topaloglou, Nikolas, 2012. "A new country risk index for emerging markets: A stochastic dominance approach," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 741-761.

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