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The maturity premium

Maria Chaderina, Patrick Weiss and Josef Zechner

Journal of Financial Economics, 2022, vol. 144, issue 2, 670-694

Abstract: We show that firms with longer debt maturities earn risk premia not explained by unconditional factors. Embedding dynamic capital structure choices in an asset-pricing framework where the market price of risk evolves with the business cycle, we find that firms with long-term debt exhibit more countercyclical leverage. The induced covariance between betas and the market price of risk generates a maturity premium similar in size to our empirical estimate of 0.21% per month. We also provide direct evidence for the model mechanism and confirm that the maturity premium is consistent with observed leverage dynamics of long- and short-maturity firms.

Keywords: Maturity; Value premium; Debt overhang; Cross-section of stock returns; CAPM (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 G32 G33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2021.07.008

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