NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Ratings Shopping and Asset Complexity: A Theory of Ratings Inflation

Vasiliki Skreta, Laura Veldkamp

NBER Working Paper No. 14761
Issued in February 2009

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This paper was prepared for the Carnegie-Rochester conference series. Many thanks to David Backus, Ignacio Esponda, Valerie Bencivenga, Dimitri Vayanos and Lawrence White for useful discussions. We also thank participants in the Stern Micro Lunch for their helpful suggestions. 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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