The Effects of Derivatives on Firm Risk and Value

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Vol. 46, No.4, August 2011, pp. 967-999.

WBS Finance Group Research Paper No. 121

52 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2009 Last revised: 30 Aug 2021

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Söhnke M. Bartram

University of Warwick; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Gregory W. Brown

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area

Jennifer S. Conrad

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Date Written: January 13, 2009

Abstract

Using a large sample of non-financial firms from 47 countries, we examine the effect of derivative use on firm risk and value. We control for endogeneity by matching users and non-users on the basis of their propensity to hedge. We also use a new technique to estimate the effect of omitted variable bias on our inferences. We find strong evidence that the use of financial derivatives reduces both total risk and systematic risk. The effect of derivative use on firm value is positive but more sensitive to endogeneity and omitted variable concerns. However, hedging with derivatives is associated with significantly higher value, abnormal returns, and larger profits during the economic downturn in 2001-2002, suggesting firms are hedging downside risk.

Suggested Citation

Bartram, Söhnke M. and Brown, Gregory W. and Conrad, Jennifer S. and Conrad, Jennifer S., The Effects of Derivatives on Firm Risk and Value (January 13, 2009). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Vol. 46, No.4, August 2011, pp. 967-999., WBS Finance Group Research Paper No. 121, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1342771 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1342771

Söhnke M. Bartram

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Gregory W. Brown (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Finance Area ( email )

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

Jennifer S. Conrad

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( email )

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

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