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A Note on Financial Frictions and Risky Corporate Debt in Relation to Cooley and Quadrini (2001)

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  • Doriana Ruffino

    () (Boston University, Department of Economics)

  • Jonathan Treussard

    () (Boston University, Department of Economics)

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We o¤er clari?cations on Cooley-Quadrini (2001) as regards ?nancial frictions and risky corporate-debt pricing. Even in a frictionless world, the promised rate on corpo- rate debt is not identical across ?rms and across capital structures and it is not equal to the risk-free market interest rate. Frictions are unnecessary for credit spreads to arise. Only with risk-neutrality at the macro-level do interest rates on corporate debt re?ect default-probabilities and in general, assuming that lenders set interest rates re- ?ecting their personal risk-neutrality systematically biases promised rates relative to market-based rates. To the extent that the ?rm?s entire ?nancial structure is traded in ?nancial markets, this bias introduces an exploitable arbitrage opportunity.

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  • Doriana Ruffino & Jonathan Treussard, 2006. "A Note on Financial Frictions and Risky Corporate Debt in Relation to Cooley and Quadrini (2001)," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2006-017, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2006-017
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    1. Merton, Robert C, 1974. "On the Pricing of Corporate Debt: The Risk Structure of Interest Rates," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 29(2), pages 449-470, May.
    2. Thomas F. Cooley & Vincenzo Quadrini, 2001. "Financial Markets and Firm Dynamics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(5), pages 1286-1310, December.
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