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Corporate bond prices and co-ordination failure


  • Bruche, Max


It has been suggested (Morris, Shin 2001) that co-ordination failure between holders of debt can affect the price of debt. In essence, fear of premature foreclosure by other debtors can lead to preemptive action, affecting the value of debt. Using a continuous-time framework related to a Merton (1974)-type structural model, this paper demonstrates how such co-ordination failures can affect the prices of corporate bonds. As it turns out, the resulting model is version of a structural model that allows default before maturity, a model feature that has proven to be popular with practitioners.

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  • Bruche, Max, 2003. "Corporate bond prices and co-ordination failure," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 24825, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:24825

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    1. Dong Chuhl Oh, 2009. "Contagion of Liquidity Crisis between Firms," Levine's Working Paper Archive 814577000000000197, David K. Levine.

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    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics


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