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An Equilibrium Model of Credit Rating Agencies

  • Holden, Steinar

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    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Natvig, Gisle James

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    (Norges Bank)

  • Vigier, Adrien

    ()

    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

We develop a model of credit rating agencies (CRAs) based on reputation concerns. Ratings a ect investors' choice and, thereby, also issuers' access to funding and default risk. We show that in equilibrium { the informational content of credit ratings is inferior to that of CRAs' private information. We nd that CRAs have a pro-cyclical impact on default risk: in a liq- uidity boom CRAs help resolve investors' coordination problem, and lower the probability of default; in a liquidity crunch CRAs raise the probability of default. Furthermore, rating stan- dards tend to be pro-cyclical, while biased CRA-incentives will ultimately be self-defeating.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 01/2013.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 18 Dec 2012
Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2013_001
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