Does Multinationality Matter? Implications of Operational Hedging for the Exchange Risk Exposure
Jongmoo Jay Choi
Temple University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Temple University - International Business
Holy Family University
September 25, 2009
Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 33, 2009
An important issue in global corporate risk management is whether the multinationality of a firm matters in terms of its effect on exchange risk exposure. In this paper, we examine the exchange risk exposure of U.S. firms during 1983-2006, comparing multinational and non-multinational firms and focusing on the role of operational hedging. Since MNCs and non-multinationals differ in size and other characteristics, we construct matched samples of MNCs and non-multinationals based on the propensity score method. We find that the multinationality in fact matters for a firm’s exchange exposure but not in the way usually presumed – the exchange risk exposures are actually smaller and less significant for MNCs than non-multinationals. The results are robust with respect to different samples and model specifications. There is evidence that operational hedging decreases a firm’s exchange risk exposure and increases its stock returns. The effective deployment of operational risk management strategies provides one reason why MNCs may have insignificant exchange risk exposure estimates.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Exchange risk exposure, Multinational corporations, Corporate risk management, Operational hedging, Financial hedging
JEL Classification: G3, F2
Date posted: March 25, 2012
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