Board Composition and Corporate Use of Interest Rate Derivatives
Posted: 18 Jul 2003
We provide new evidence on the motives for corporate hedging by examining the relation between the quality of the firms' monitoring mechanisms and the quantity of interest rate derivatives employed. Because the capital structure decision and hedging decision are considered to be endogenous, the firm's capital structure and level of interest rate derivative use are modeled simultaneously. We show a positive relation between the relative influence of outside directors and the quantity of derivatives used. This evidence is consistent with outside directors taking an active role in derivatives usage and with firms employing hedging in the shareholders' best interests.
JEL Classification: G3, G32, G39
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