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An Empirical Study of Credit Default Swaps

  • Frank Skinner

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    (ICMA Centre, University of Reading)

  • Antonio Diaz

    (Associate Professor - Departamento de Economia y Empresa, Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Span)

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    We examine the pricing of Asian and non-Asian credit default swaps that traded during the 1997 to 1999 time period. We employ two credit risk models, Duffie and Singleton (1999) and Jarrow and Turnbull (1995). We argue that credit default swaps should have a positive economic value since credit spreads reflect differences in liquidity as well as credit risk. However, in the presence of moral hazard we expect to see negative economic values since asymmetric information would motivate sellers of credit default swaps to demand a “restructuring premium”. While we generally find positive economic values for credit default swaps, both models find negative economic values for Asian credit default swaps during the recent Asian currency crisis, which we attribute to moral hazard.

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    Paper provided by Henley Business School, Reading University in its series ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance with number icma-dp2003-04.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2002
    Date of revision: Jan 2003
    Handle: RePEc:rdg:icmadp:icma-dp2003-04
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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 449-70, May.
    2. Pierre Collin-Dufresne, 2001. "The Determinants of Credit Spread Changes," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 56(6), pages 2177-2207, December.
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    4. Gregory R. Duffee, 1998. "The Relation Between Treasury Yields and Corporate Bond Yield Spreads," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 53(6), pages 2225-2241, December.
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