An asset pricing approach to liquidity effects in corporate bond markets

Dion Bongaerts, Frank de Jong, Joost Driessen

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We use an asset pricing approach to compare the effects of expected liquidity and liquidity risk on expected U.S. corporate bond returns. Liquidity measures are constructed for bond portfolios using a Bayesian approach to estimate Roll’s measure. The results show that expected bond liquidity and exposure to equity market liquidity risk affect expected bond returns, and that these liquidity effects explain a substantial part of the credit spread puzzle. In contrast, we find robust evidence that exposure to corporate bond liquidity shocks carries an economically negligible risk premium. We develop a simple theoretical model that can explain this finding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1229-1269
JournalReview of Financial Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • Liquidity premium
  • liquidity risk
  • corporate bonds
  • credit spread puzzle


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