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Title: A public good approach to credit ratings - From concept to reality
Authors: Duan, J.-C. 
Van Laere, E.
Keywords: Financial regulation
Forward intensity
Probability of default
Rating agencies
Rating transparency
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Duan, J.-C., Van Laere, E. (2012). A public good approach to credit ratings - From concept to reality. Journal of Banking and Finance 36 (12) : 3239-3247. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: From the onset of the 2008-2009 financial crisis to the subsequent European sovereign debt crisis, credit rating agencies have been assigned considerable blame. Reforming the credit rating industry has hence become an important policy issue. In addition to the regulatory efforts in the context of accepting the for-profit business model of ratings, there is a growing realization that credit ratings bear the characteristics of a public good. Financial market participants need reliable, transparent and independent assessment of credit risks. Credit ratings are therefore better viewed as an infrastructure matter. However, the proposed regulations seem to have missed this point. This paper introduces a new approach to credit ratings undertaken by the Risk Management Institute at the National University of Singapore that is predicated on the provision of credit ratings as a public good. With a public good alternative in place, the currently predominant for-profit business model may be counterbalanced. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Journal of Banking and Finance
ISSN: 03784266
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2012.03.012
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