Simultaneous Equations Tests of Established and New Theories of FX Derivatives Use

44 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2005

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Walter Dolde

University of Connecticut - Department of Finance

Dev R. Mishra

University of Saskatchewan - Edwards School of Business

Date Written: September 2004

Abstract

We have two main interests in this research: to suggest and test a new theory of corporate FX derivatives use; and to test it against six established theories using simultaneous equations methods common in other disciplines but dormant in finance since Titman and Wessels (1988). Theoretical papers by DeMarzo and Duffy (1991, 1995) suggest a relation between the complexity of a firm and hedging with FX derivatives. We find clear evidence for complexity, managerial options, financial distress, and primitive risk theories relating to two measures of hedging behavior. Our estimates do not support underinvestment, managerial interests related to undiversified wealth, nor scale economies theories of hedging. Our data set comprises all US firms with sales exceeding $1 billion.

Keywords: Hedging, foreign exchange, derivatives, complexity, underinvestment, managerial interests, financial distress, structural equation modeling information

JEL Classification: F31, G14, G32

Suggested Citation

Dolde, Walter and Mishra, Dev R., Simultaneous Equations Tests of Established and New Theories of FX Derivatives Use (September 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=680101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.680101

Walter Dolde (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - Department of Finance ( email )

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Dev R. Mishra

University of Saskatchewan - Edwards School of Business ( email )

Edwards School of Business
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A7
Canada
306-966-8457 (Phone)
306-966-2515 (Fax)

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