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A closed-form solution to the risk-taking motivation of subordinated debtholders

Heller, Yuval and Peleg Lazar, Sharon and Raviv, Alon (2019): A closed-form solution to the risk-taking motivation of subordinated debtholders. Forthcoming in: Economic Letters No. forthcoming (2019)

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Abstract

Black and Cox (1976) claim that the value of junior debt is increasing in asset risk when the firm’s value is low. We show, using closed-form solution, that the junior debt’s value is hump-shaped. This has interesting implications for the market-discipline role of banks’ subdebt.

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