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Estimating Default Probabilities Implicit in Equity Prices

by Tibor Janosi of Cornell University,
Robert Jarrow of Cornell University, and
Yildiray Yildirim of Syracuse University

Q1 2003

Abstract: This paper uses a reduced form credit risk model to estimate default probabilities implicit in equity prices. For a cross-section of firms, a time-series regression of monthly equity returns is estimated. We show that it is feasible to infer the firm's probability of default implicit in equity returns. However, the existence of price bubbles and the difficulty in modeling equity price risk premium confound the estimation of these default probabilities, generating potentially biased estimates with large standard errors. Comparing these default intensities with those obtained from historical data or implicitly from debt prices confirms this result.

Published in: Journal of Investment Management, Vol. 1, No. 1, (Q1 2003), pp. 1-30.

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