Do Firms Hedge in Response to Tax Incentives?

JOHN R. GRAHAM DANIEL A. ROGERS* ABSTRACT There are two tax incentives for corporations to hedge: To increase debt capacity and interest tax deductions, and to reduce expected tax liability if the tax function is convex. We test whether these incentives affect the extent of corporate hedging with derivatives. Using an explicit measure of tax function convexity, we find no evidence that firms hedge in response to tax convexity. Our…
D. Richard Mead Jr. Family Professor of Finance, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA
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