Investment-Based Corporate Bond Pricing

Published

Journal Article

© 2014 the American Finance Association. A standard assumption of structural models of default is that firms' assets evolve exogenously. In this paper, we examine the importance of accounting for investment options in models of credit risk. In the presence of financing and investment frictions, firm-level variables that proxy for asset composition are significant determinants of credit spreads beyond leverage and asset volatility, because they capture the systematic risk of firms' assets. Cross-sectional studies of credit spreads that fail to control for the interdependence of leverage and investment decisions are unlikely to be very informative. Such frictions also give rise to a realistic term structure of credit spreads in a production economy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kuehn, LA; Schmid, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 2741 - 2776

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-6261

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1082

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jofi.12204

Citation Source

  • Scopus