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Essays on the Economics of Credit Rating Agencies and Banking

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
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Essays on the Economics of Credit Rating Agencies and Banking Essays on the Economics of Credit Rating Agencies and Banking Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung des Grades Doctor oeconomiae publicae (Dr. oec. publ.) an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 2008 vorgelegt von Josef Forster Referent: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Illing Korreferent: Prof. Dr. Monika Schnitzer Promotionsabschlussberatung: 16. Juli 2008 Acknowledgements First and foremost I thank Professor Gerhard Illing for the supervision of my doctoral thesis. I thank him for giving me guidance, comments and encouragement during my Ph.D. studies and for his openness to my ideas which allowed me to follow my interests without any restrictions. Working at his chair was a pleasure due to an excellent work atmosphere and a low non-scienti c work load. Furthermore I thank Professor Monika Schnitzer who kindly agreed to serve as second supervisor and Professor Andreas Hau er who completes my thesis commit- tee as third examiner. Special thanks go to my former and current colleagues at the Seminar für Mak- roökonomie. I am indebted to Desislava Andreeva, Julia Bersch, Moritz Hahn, Frank Heinemann, Florian Kajuth, Uli Klüh, Stephan Sauer, and Sebastian Watzka for giving many valuable comments at our internal seminars and for creating a very pleasant and supportive atmosphere. Special thanks also go to Katri Mikkonen, my co-author of the third paper of this dissertation. I would also like to thank Agnés Bierprigl for her outstanding administrative support and Dirk Rösing who kept the IT-system running at our faculty and for his helping hand with all kinds of computer problems. I am also very grateful to my parents and siblings for their support during all these years. Finally, I thank Julia Scherb for bearing my moods, her love, her patience, and ongoing support. I dedicate this thesis to her. Josef Forster CONTENTS Contents List of Figures iv List of Tables iv I Ge

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