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The effects of corporate social performance on the cost of corporate debt and credit ratings

Oikonomou, I., Brooks, C. and Pavelin, S. (2014) The effects of corporate social performance on the cost of corporate debt and credit ratings. Financial Review, 49 (1). pp. 49-75. ISSN 1540-6288

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/fire.12025

Abstract/Summary

This study investigates the differential impact that various dimensions of corporate social performance have on the pricing of corporate debt as well as the assessment of the credit quality of specific bond issues. The empirical analysis, based on an extensive longitudinal data set, suggests that overall, good performance is rewarded and corporate social transgressions are penalized through lower and higher corporate bond yield spreads, respectively. Similar conclusions can be drawn when focusing on either the bond rating assigned to a specific debt issue or the probability of it being considered to be an asset of speculative grade.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:35763
Publisher:Wiley

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