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Can structural models of default explain the credit spread puzzle?
Robert S. Goldstein
Abstract

This Economic Letter discusses why standard versions of structural models of default tend to underpredict the level of risk premiums and variations in those premiums over time. Drawing on recent research, the Letter suggests modifications to these standard models in order to better explain historical levels and time variations of corporate bond spreads.


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Robert S. Goldstein, "Can structural models of default explain the credit spread puzzle?" , Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, FRBSF Economic Letter, number 06, 2010.
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Keywords: Credit ; Corporate bonds
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