Equilibrium Credit Spreads and the Macroeconomy
33 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 15, 2009
Credit markets play an important role in the macroeconomy and credit market data is often used to predict future macroeconomic performance. In this paper we propose a tractable general equilibrium asset pricing model with heterogeneous firms that links movements in stock and bond markets to macroeconomic activity. The model suggests that movements in risk premia in corporate bond markets are an important determinant of aggregate fluctuations. We show that movements in credit and term spreads forecast recessions by predicting future movements in corporate investment. Endogenous movements in credit markets allow our model to match the observed conditional and unconditional movements in stock market returns and credit spreads with a reasonable amount of aggregate volatility.
Keywords: Credit Spreads, Capital Structure, Equity Premium, Preictability, General Equilibrium
JEL Classification: G12, G31, E32
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