Futures Versus Share Contracting as Alternatives for Diversifying Output Risk

Economic Journal, Vol. 103, pp. 620-639, May 1993

Posted: 1 Dec 2008

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David A. Hirshleifer

University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business; NBER

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Abstract

Two means by which commodity producers can reduce their exposure to quantity risk are share contracting and futures hedging. This paper explains the coexistence of these arrangements by showing that these will normally be complementary means of transferring risk. Share contracting by a purchaser with many producers can help diversify imperfectly correlated quantity risks. Futures contracts, on the other hand, hedge the systematic but not the idiosyncratic components of output risk. Thus, futures hedging helps to ameliorate the main disadvantage of multiple share contracting, an excessive loading of systematic risk on the purchaser.

Suggested Citation

Hirshleifer, David A. and Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, Futures Versus Share Contracting as Alternatives for Diversifying Output Risk. Economic Journal, Vol. 103, pp. 620-639, May 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1287745

David A. Hirshleifer (Contact Author)

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Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

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Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School

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Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Queensland
Australia

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