The Euro is Good after All: Corporate Evidence

56 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2002

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Arturo Bris

IMD International; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Yale University - International Center for Finance

Yrjo Koskinen

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Mattias Nilsson

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Date Written: August 2002

Abstract

In this paper we study the changes in corporate valuation, investments, and financing choices induced by the formation of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in Europe. We use corporate - level data from ten countries that adopted the euro, the three EU countries that did not join EMU, as well as Norway and Switzerland. We show that the introduction of the euro has increased valuations for large firms in EMU countries, especially in countries that had experienced currency crises. Firm values have also increased for firms that were previously exposed to currency risks irrespective of size. Investments have increased for all firms, but the effects are bigger for large firms and for firms coming from countries with experiences of currency depreciations. The increase in investments has been financed mainly via debt issues. The evidence provided here supports the view that the introduction of the euro has lowered firms' cost of capital by eliminating currency risks among the countries that have adopted the common currency, and by further increasing capital market integration in Europe.

Keywords: Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), The Euro, Valuation, Investment, Debt, Equity, Cost of Capital, Currency Risk

JEL Classification: F33, F36, G32

Suggested Citation

Bris, Arturo and Koskinen, Yrjo J and Nilsson, Mattias, The Euro is Good after All: Corporate Evidence (August 2002). Yale ICF Working Paper No. 02-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=321260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.321260

Arturo Bris (Contact Author)

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Yrjo J Koskinen

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary ( email )

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Mattias Nilsson

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ( email )

United States Securities and Exchange Commission
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Washington, DC 20549
United States

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