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Corporate social responsibility and the term structure of CDS spreads

Feng Gao, Yubin Li, Xinjie Wang and Zhong, Zhaodong (Ken)

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 2021, vol. 74, issue C

Abstract: This paper examines the role of corporate social performance in the CDS market, with a focus on the differential effect conditional on the lengths of time horizons. We find that firm’s strong social performance negatively predicts the slope of CDS term structure, by reducing the long-term credit risk and increasing the short-term credit risk. After controlling for credit ratings in a “path analysis”, we find that the direct effect of social performance remains significant, suggesting that CDS market participants incorporate this information more efficiently than credit rating agencies. Furthermore, the effects of social performance are stronger for firms with speculative-grade ratings, smaller size, or less analyst coverage. Our findings remain robust to alternative proxy for credit term structure based on S&P ratings or to the sample without the 2008 Financial Crisis period.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility (CSR); Credit default swap (CDS); Term structure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G10 G30 G32 M14 M41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2021.101406

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