Richard Lennart Mertens
Richard Mertens is currently working as a consultant for credit risk and rating systems. He was a research fellow at the Chair of Finance at University of Bremen between 2014 and 2017 and continues to be a lecturer for corporate finance. His research areas are asset pricing, credit risk and corporate finance. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Humboldt University and a M.Sc. in Economics from University of Cologne.
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In this paper, the authors estimate and test several default risk models using new and unique data on corporate defaults in the German stock market.