Enterprise Risk Management and Default Risk: Evidence from the Banking Industry

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Enterprise risk management (ERM) has emerged as a framework for more holistic and integrated risk management with an emphasis on enhanced governance of the risk management system. ERM should theoretically reduce the volatility of cash flows, agency risk, and information risk—ultimately reducing a firm's default risk. We empirically investigate the relationship between the degree of ERM implementation and default risk in a panel data set covering 78 of the world's largest banks. We create a novel measure of the degree of ERM implementation. We find that a higher degree of ERM implementation is negatively related to the credit default swap (CDS) spread of a bank. When a rich set of control variables and fixed effects are included, a one-standard-deviation increase in the degree of ERM implementation decreases CDS spreads by 21 basis points. The degree of ERM implementation is, however, not a significant determinant of credit ratings when controls for corporate governance are included.


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  • University of Gothenburg
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  • Business Administration
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-157
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Risk and Insurance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1
Publication categoryResearch

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