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Accounting Transparency and the Term Structure of Credit Default Swap Spreads


  • Bajlum, Claus

    (Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Tind Larsen, Peter

    (Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School)


This paper estimates the impact of accounting transparency on the term structure of CDS spreads for a large cross-section of rms. Using a newly developed measure of accounting transparency in Berger, Chen & Li (2006), we nd a downward-sloping term structure of transparency spreads. Estimating the gap between the high and low transparency credit curves at the 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10-year maturity, the transparency spread is insigni cant in the long end but highly signi cant and robust at 20 bps at the 1-year maturity. Furthermore, the eect of accounting transparency on the term structure of CDS spreads is largest for the most risky rms. These results are strongly supportive of the model by Du¢ e & Lando (2001), and add an explanation to the underprediction of short-term credit spreads by traditional structural credit risk models.

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  • Bajlum, Claus & Tind Larsen, Peter, 2007. "Accounting Transparency and the Term Structure of Credit Default Swap Spreads," Working Papers 2007-229, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsfin:2007_229

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    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing


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