Credit Risk in a Pandemic

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Using different measures of how the Covid-19 pandemic progresses we find that the level of credit risk among US blue chip companies increases in tandem with the Covid-19 virus spreading. The credit risk increases dramatically during the pandemic, but we find it to be short of the levels seen during the 2008–2009 financial crisis. Furthermore, we find weekly ups and downs in credit risk and virus impact to be significantly positively correlated throughout the pandemic. Finally, Basel II capital requirements increase drastically when the pandemic strikes but, again, not to the levels seen during the financial crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameWorking Papers
PublisherLund University, Department of Economics

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economics


  • credit risk
  • covid-19
  • equity market
  • debt market
  • CDS
  • Merton model
  • Basel II
  • G10
  • G33
  • I18


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