Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26247
Authors: 
Kraemer, Walter
Güttler, André
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 2202
Abstract: 
We consider 1927 borrowers from 54 countries who had a credit rating by both Moody's and S&P at the end of 1998, and their subsequent default history up to the end of 2002. Viewing bond ratings as predicted probabilities of default, we consider partial orderings among competing probability forecasters and show that Moody's and S&P cannot be ordered according to any of these. Therefore, the relative performance of the agencies depends crucially on the way in which probability predictions are compared.
Subjects: 
credit rating
probability forecasts
calibration
JEL: 
C40
C53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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