Euro Membership as a Real Option Trigger: An Empirical Study of EU15 Manufacturing Firms
University of South Florida - College of Business Administration
Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 107-114, Fall 2007
This article summarizes the authors' study of manufacturing firms in the 15 countries that made up the EU prior to its 2004 expansion. The study's main finding is that the introduction of the Euro has made companies based in one of the 12 countries that opted to adopt the Euro more inclined than firms based in one of the three non-adopters (the U.K., Sweden, and Denmark) to exercise various forms of real options such as establishing alliances or partnerships, entering new markets, switching suppliers, or otherwise expanding within the Euro-area. The study also shows that smaller, more profitable but financially constrained companies are particularly likely to exercise such real options triggered by the introduction of the Euro.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 19, 2007
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