EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Private Premium in Public Bonds?

Anna Kovner and Chenyang Wei ()

No 20120516, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: In a 2012 New York Fed study, Chenyang Wei and I find that interest rate spreads on publicly traded bonds issued by companies with privately traded equity are about 31 basis points higher on average than spreads on bonds issued by companies with publicly traded equity, even after controlling for risk and other factors. These differences are economically and statistically significant and they persist in the secondary market. We control for many factors associated with bond pricing, including risk, liquidity, and covenants. Although these controls account for some of the absolute pricing difference, the price wedge between public and private companies remains. Despite these pricing differences, private companies with public bonds are no more likely to go bankrupt or to be downgraded than are similar public companies. In this post, we briefly summarize the findings of our study.

Keywords: asset pricing; private equity; bonds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-05-16
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2012 ... in-public-bonds.html (text/html)

Related works:
Working Paper: The private premium in public bonds (2012) Downloads
Working Paper: The private premium in public bonds (2012) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:fip:fednls:86806

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2020-10-20
Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:86806