Incomplete Information, Debt Issuance, and the Term Structure of Credit Spreads

Luca Benzoni, Lorenzo Garlappi, Robert Goldstein

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We derive a firm’s debt issuance policy when managers have an informational advantage over creditors and face debt restructuring costs. In our model, regardless of how poor their private signal is, managers of firms that can access the credit market avoid default by issuing new debt to service existing debt. Therefore, only bonds of firms that have exhausted their ability to borrow are subject to jump-to-default risk because of incomplete information and, in turn, command a jump-to-default risk premium. We document that our model captures many salient features of the corporate bond market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4331-4352
Number of pages22
JournalManagement Science
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • bond pricing
  • credit spreads
  • jumps to default


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