عملکرد پیش بینی های مرموز، گزینه مدل ریسک اعتباری وابسته به مسیر در بازار نوظهور
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|14042||2011||9 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||5370 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 390, Issue 11, 1 June 2011, Pages 1973–1981
Most empirical research of the path-dependent, exotic-option credit risk model focuses on developed markets. Taking Taiwan as an example, this study investigates the bankruptcy prediction performance of the path-dependent, barrier option model in the emerging market. We adopt Duan’s (1994) , (2000)  transformed-data maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) method to directly estimate the unobserved model parameters, and compare the predictive ability of the barrier option model to the commonly adopted credit risk model, Merton’s model. Our empirical findings show that the barrier option model is more powerful than Merton’s model in predicting bankruptcy in the emerging market. Moreover, we find that the barrier option model predicts bankruptcy much better for highly-leveraged firms. Finally, our findings indicate that the prediction accuracy of the credit risk model can be improved by higher asset liquidity and greater financial transparency.
The standard theoretical paradigm for modeling credit risks is the contingent claims approach or structural form credit risk model pioneered by Black and Scholes  and Merton . Much of the literature follows Merton  by explicitly linking the risk of a firm’s bankruptcy to the variability in the firm’s asset value and viewing the market value of firm’s equity as the standard call option on the market value of firm’s assets with strike price equal to the promised payment of corporate debts. Although these insights have a profound impact on financial economics, many researchers have formulated a variety of criticisms to the approach. Black and Cox , for instance, recognize one possible weakness of the approach in that default only occurs at the maturity of the debt. They propose to incorporate a barrier on the market value of firms’ assets for triggering defaults prior to the maturity. Therefore, employing Merton’s model to construct a credit risk model, Tudela and Young  release the default point setting which allows the sampling company defaults before the maturity of the debt. Meanwhile, Merton’s model still embeds an unrealistic setting assuming that once at maturity the asset value is less than the debt value, then the company defaults. However, we often find that some companies are regarded as default even though their asset values are still higher than debt values. On the other hand, Crosbie and Bohn  point out that in some cases companies are still in business even though their asset values are below their debt values; these companies were regarded as default till their asset values are far below their debt values. This phenomenon implies that there exists a unique default barrier level for each company, and a company is deemed to be default when its asset value touches the default barrier level from above. According to historical default data, Moody’s KMV arbitrarily claims that any company’s default barrier level equals the summation of its short-term debt and a half of its long-term debt. Through simulation Leland and Toft  demonstrate that the default barrier level of a company is around 27% and 36% of its asset value. As a result, a down-and-out barrier call option is proposed to model the firm’s equity value, and the credit risks are estimated from the barrier-option credit risk framework. Brockman and Turtle  provide empirical validation of the barrier option model by deriving the default barriers from the market value of firm’s equity and showing that implied default barriers are statistically and economically significant for a large sample of industrial firms. Reisz and Perlich  and Wong and Choi  also employ a barrier option framework to construct a credit risk model, and both the results of Monte Carlo simulation and empirical study show that a unique default barrier level does exist for each company. Reisz and Perlich  also point out that Merton’s model, in which the default barrier is set to zero, implies that the managers can unlimitedly invest in high risk projects; on the other side, the barrier-option credit risk model, in which the default barrier is positive, is a more realistic model since it restricts the capital budgeting activities of the managers. Reisz and Perlich  claim that the sampling company’s default level is about 30% of its asset value, which is very close to the ratio estimated by Leland and Toft . The key to the structural form credit risk model is the estimation of the unobservable variables including company’s asset value and its asset value volatility. Three estimation approaches are found in the literature: the ad hoc approach, the Ronn and Verma  method, and the transformed-data Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) proposed by Duan  and . The ad hoc approach adopt by Brock and Turtle  uses the sum of the market value of firm’s equity and the book value of firm’s debt as a proxy for the market value of firm’s assets. However, Wong and Choi  and Chou and Wang  argue that the empirical findings of Brockman and Turtle  seem to convey some biases. They provide both theoretical and empirical evidence to show that the proxy adopted by Brockman and Turtle  for the market value of firm’s assets is inappropriate for testing the validity of the barrier option model. The second estimation approach is the Ronn and Verma (RV) method. Basically the RV method tries to estimate the un-observable parameters through solving some nonlinear equations. Many deposit insurance models use the RV method to estimate model parameters, such as Jones et al. , Duan and Yu  and Duan, Moreau and Sealey . However, Duan and Yu  criticize the RV method in the essence that it is merely a calculation process, not an approach for statistical estimation. Meanwhile, as argued by Duan  and , the assumption in the RV method, a constant asset volatility, is not consistent with the premises of Merton’s model. Duan  and  hence proposes a transformed-data MLE method to directly estimate the market value of firm’s assets along with the asset value volatility and the default barrier from the market value of firm’s equity. Duan et al.  point out that the RV method is only a special case of the MLE method. Duan et al.  and , Duan et al. , Erission and Reneby , Reisz and Perlich , and Chou and Wang  all employ the MLE method to estimate asset value and asset value volatility in the study. The purpose of this study is to investigate the empirical performance of the barrier option model in the case of Taiwan. Most of the related studies focus on developed markets. Developed markets, for example, US and Japan, where firms are bigger and more mature, are more liquid and more efficient than emerging markets like Mexico and Taiwan. To the best of our knowledge, no research has ever used a sample of firms from emerging markets to examine the bankruptcy prediction performance of the barrier option model. We thus adopt Duan’s  and  transformed-data MLE method to directly estimate the unobserved capital structure parameters, and compare the bankruptcy predictive ability of the barrier option model to the commonly adopted credit risk model, Merton’s model. The contribution of this study is threefold: (1) it focuses on the credit risk in an emerging market, (2) it adopts the transformed-data MLE method, not the RV method or the ad hoc method, to estimate model parameters, and (3) it uses a sample of Taiwanese listed and non-listed firms to examine the impact of asset liquidity and financial transparency on the forecasting ability of the barrier-option credit risk model. We believe that the empirical results of this study can fill a void in the credit risk literature by providing empirical evidence on the predictive performance of a barrier-option credit risk in the emerging market. The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. Section 2 presents the barrier option model. Section 3 describes our data sample. Section 4 describes the methodology of transformed-data MLE method. Section 5 reports and interprets our empirical findings. Section 6 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This study investigates the empirical performance of the barrier option model using data from Taiwan. We adopt Duan’s  and  transformed-data maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) method to directly estimate the unobserved capital structure parameters, and compare the predictive ability of the barrier option model to the commonly adopted credit risk model, Merton’s model. Our attention is given to a total of 1406 firms in Taiwan during the period 2002 to 2006. Our empirical findings show that the barrier option model is more powerful than Merton’s model in predicting bankruptcy, and that the gap in predictive ability between the two models is larger in the case of Taiwan’s electronics firms. Moreover, both models are shown to demonstrate better predictive ability for firms listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) than for the firms traded in Taiwan’s over-the-counter market (a.k.a. the GreTai Securities Market or GTSM). Our empirical findings have several implications. First, the barrier option model predicts bankruptcy much better for highly-leveraged firms. Second, the prediction accuracy of the credit risk models is positively affected by factors such as asset liquidity and financial transparency. Our estimates for the barrier-to-debt ratio αα also imply that firms traded in the GTSM are more likely to default than firms listed on the TSE, and that electronics firms in Taiwan are more likely to default than non-electronics firms.