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Do firms hedge with foreign currency derivatives for employees?

Pinghsun Huang, Hsin-Yi Huang and Yan Zhang

Journal of Financial Economics, 2019, vol. 133, issue 2, 418-440

Abstract: Using a sample of 3004 US firm-years with foreign sales, we provide the first evidence that a firm's employee treatment score is an important determinant of its fraction of foreign sales hedged with currency-based derivatives. The positive relation between employee treatment rating and currency hedging activity is driven by firms operating in competitive industries, businesses with relatively unique products or assets, and companies adopting aggressive business strategies. These results suggest that firms with foreign sales tend to factor employee benefits in their currency hedging policies when their acquisition, development, and retention of human capital are especially costly or highly valued.

Keywords: Currency hedging; Employee treatment; Human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G31 G32 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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