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Does Regulatory Certification Affect the Information Content of Credit Ratings?

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  • Valentina Bruno

    () (Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, DC 20016)

  • Jess Cornaggia

    () (McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057)

  • Kimberly J. Cornaggia

    () (Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, DC 20016)

Abstract

We exploit an investor-paid rating agency’s designation as a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) to test whether this certification affects the agency’s information production. We use a certified issuer-paid agency as a benchmark and find robust evidence that the investor-paid agency’s ratings policy—both timelier and more symmetric with respect to positive and negative information—persists after it became certified for regulatory compliance. Our results suggest that ratings policy is more a function of rating agency compensation structure than the NRSRO certification by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This paper was accepted by Gustavo Manso, finance.

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  • Valentina Bruno & Jess Cornaggia & Kimberly J. Cornaggia, 2016. "Does Regulatory Certification Affect the Information Content of Credit Ratings?," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 62(6), pages 1578-1597, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:62:y:2016:i:6:p:1578-1597
    DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2015.2188
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