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Price Rigidities and Credit Risk? - Michael Weber

14 Oct
2021
2:00 pm
Jouy-en-Josas
English

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2021-10-14T14:00:00 2021-10-14T15:00:00 Price Rigidities and Credit Risk? - Michael Weber Finance Speaker : Michael Weber (Chicago Booth)   Jouy-en-Josas

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Speaker : Michael Weber (Chicago Booth)

 

We develop a capital structure model in which firms feature differential flexibility in adjusting output prices to shocks. Inflexible-price firms have lower profits and higher cash-flow volatility, leading in equilibrium to lower financial leverage, shorter debt duration, higher cost of debt, more stringent debt covenants, and higher precautionary cash holdings. Moreover, a cash-flow volatility shock increases the cost of debt more for inflexible-price firms. We confirm these predictions empirically and exploit the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy to show that inflexible-price firms with higher pre-shock rollover risk exposure experience a significantly larger increase in credit spreads following the event than other firms.

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2021-10-14T14:00:00 2021-10-14T15:00:00 Price Rigidities and Credit Risk? - Michael Weber Finance Speaker : Michael Weber (Chicago Booth)   Jouy-en-Josas