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Macroeconomic Conditions and the Puzzles of Credit Spreads and Capital Structure

Hui Chen

NBER Working Paper No. 16151
Issued in July 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

I am very grateful to the members of my dissertation committee, John Cochrane, Doug Diamond, Pietro Veronesi, and especially to the committee chair Monika Piazzesi for constant support and many helpful discussions. I also thank Heitor Almeida, Ravi Bansal, Pierre Collin-Dufresne, Darrel Duffie, Gene Fama, Dirk Hackbarth, Lars Hansen, Campbell Harvey (the editor), Andrew Hertzberg, Francis Longstaff, Erwan Morellec, Jianjun Miao, Stewart Myers, Tano Santos, Martin Schneider, Costis Skiadas, Ilya

Strebulaev, Suresh Sundaresen, two anonymous referees, and seminar participants at Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Illinois, London Business School, Maryland, Michigan, MIT, New York University, Rochester, Stanford, Texas-Austin, Toronto, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Washington, and the 2007 WFA meetings for comments. All the remaining errors are my own. Research support from the Katherine Dusak Miller Ph.D. Fellowship in Finance is gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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