Derivation of Corporate Debt Pricing Model and Its Empirical Implications

Won Kang, Jungsoon Shin

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One of the reasons the empirical capital asset pricing model (CAPM) fails to confirm the theory is because historical returns on stocks are used. On the other hand, the bond returns observed at the time of issuance are expected returns. We combine the empirical CAPM with the Modigliani-Miller propositions adjusted for risky debts, and propose a corporate debt pricing model (CDPM) which is the flipside of the empirical CAPM. The model shows that the systematic risk of defaultable corporate debt can be measured by the covariance between the returns on debt and equity market index. Using individual firm data, we test three versions of CDPM. All validate the positive relationship between individual deltas and returns with full or partial samples. Since CDPM is directly derived from CAPM, the results prove that CAPM can be validated even with individual firm data if proper expected returns are used in the test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-462
Number of pages24
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

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© 2016 Korean Securities Association


  • Capital asset pricing model
  • Corporate debt pricing model
  • Modigliani and Miller


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