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Investment Opportunities and Corporate Credit Risk


  • Eugenia Andreasen
  • Patricio Valenzuela



Using a panel dataset for international corporate bonds, this paper explores the relationship between investment opportunities and corporate credit risk. Consistent with theoretical arguments that investment opportunities reduce a firm’s likelihood of bankruptcy, this study shows that corporate credit spreads are negatively related to proxies for investment opportunities, even after controlling for the standard determinants of credit risk. This result is stronger for bonds maturing in the short and medium term. This paper also presents evidence that credit spreads and investment opportunities are linked through a credit-rating channel. JEL CODE: F3, F4, G1, G2, G3. Key words: KEY WORDS: Bankruptcy; Credit ratings; Credit spreads; Default risk; Investment opportunities

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  • Eugenia Andreasen & Patricio Valenzuela, 2018. "Investment Opportunities and Corporate Credit Risk," Documentos de Trabajo 335, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
  • Handle: RePEc:edj:ceauch:335

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    JEL classification:

    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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