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Disagreement between rating agencies and bond opacity: A theoretical perspective

  • Hauck, Achim
  • Neyer, Ulrike

In this paper, we explicitly model a bond rating process under varying degrees of bond opacity and derive conditions under which disagreements between rating agencies (rating splits) can serve as a useful proxy for opacity in empirical analyses.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 123 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 82-85

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:123:y:2014:i:1:p:82-85
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.01.027
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