On Comparing the Accuracy of Default Predictions in the Rating Industry

26 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2003 Last revised: 17 Sep 2009

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Andre Guettler

University of Ulm - Department of Mathematics and Economics; Halle Institute for Economic Research

Walter Kraemer

University of Dortmund - Department of Statistics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: March 2008

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.

Keywords: Credit rating, Probability forecasts, Calibration

JEL Classification: C0, G21, C40, C53

Suggested Citation

Guettler, Andre and Kraemer, Walter, On Comparing the Accuracy of Default Predictions in the Rating Industry (March 2008). Empirical Economics, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 343-356, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=450600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.450600

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