International Corporate Diversification and the Cost of Equity: European Evidence

R. Joliet, G.M.B.J. Hübner

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of corporate international diversification (cid) on domestic and world betas through the notion of psychic distance between countries. Using a large european sample of 598 firms, our findings indicate that this dimension significantly influences corporate risk exposure. By isolating three additive components of the foreign sales ratio (fsr), we obtain the most significant results by geographically partitioning the sample, provided that firms are further classified by sector. Our framework sheds new light on how the cid of firms belonging to sweden and the united kingdom, as well as the consumer cyclical, consumer non-cyclical and information technology sectors, sometimes can reduce and sometimes increase firm betas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-123
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of International Money and Finance
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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