The Euro and Corporate Valuations

Boston University School of Management Working Paper No. 2006-21

60 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2004 Last revised: 27 Oct 2008

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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

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Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

In this paper we study the changes in corporate valuations induced by the adoption of the euro as the common currency in Europe. We use corporate-level data from eleven countries that adopted the euro, the three EU countries that did not start using the euro, as well as Norway and Switzerland. We show that the introduction of the euro has increased Tobin's Q-ratios by 17.1% in the euro-area countries that previously had weak currencies. Part of the increase in corporate valuations is explained by the decrease in interest rates and by the decrease in the cost of equity. The increases in Tobin's Q are larger for firms that would be harmed by currency devaluations.

Keywords: Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), the euro, valuation, cost of capital, currency risk, currency union

JEL Classification: F33, F36, G32

Suggested Citation

Bris, Arturo and Koskinen, Yrjo J and Nilsson, Mattias, The Euro and Corporate Valuations (November 2007). Boston University School of Management Working Paper No. 2006-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=508002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.508002

Arturo Bris

IMD International ( email )

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Yrjo J Koskinen (Contact Author)

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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