The Influence of Accounting Information Disclosed Under GASB Statement No. 34 on Municipal Bond Insurance Premiums and Credit Ratings

Source: Earl D. Benson, Barry R. Marks, Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 34, Issue 2, Summer 2014
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From the abstract:
This paper examines the impact of accounting information on first the cost of municipal bond insurance and secondly on the credit rating awarded on municipal debt, using data disclosed under Statement No. 34 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB 34) for insured general obligation debt issued by Texas cities. It finds that both governmental fund and government‐wide financial information is related to the cost of municipal bond insurance and the credit rating on municipal debt. The paper also shows that the utilization of accounting information by bond insurers is not identical to its use by a bond rating agency.