NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Credit Ratings Game

Patrick Bolton, Xavier Freixas, Joel Shapiro

NBER Working Paper No. 14712
Issued in February 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are grateful to Adam Ashcraft, Heski Bar-Isaac, Marco Becht, Jens Josephson, Ailsa Röell, David Skeie, Chester Spatt, James Vickery and the audiences at Bergen, BIS, Bocconi, Hunter, NY Fed, NYU-Stern, Tilburg, and UPF for helpful discussions. All three authors are also affiliated with CEPR. Shapiro gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Spanish government under SEJ2006-09993. Freixas and Shapiro acknowledge financial support from The Barcelona GSE Research Network and the Generalitat de Catalunya. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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