Risk management and firm value: Recent theory and evidence

Timothy A. Krause, Yiuman Tse

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Purpose - This paper aims to provide an update to the risk management literature, as it compiles a survey of 65 recent theoretical and empirical studies on the topic. Design/methodology/approach - This is a survey paper that summarizes recent theoretical and empirical research regarding the relationship between risk management and firm value. Findings - Recent empirical evidence provides support for theoretical propositions in the literature that risk management increases firm value and returns, while reducing return and cash flow volatility. The results are largely consistent with early findings, and there have been significant empirical advances that address concerns regarding the endogeneity of risk management practices relative to corporate financial decisions. The literature has become broader and deeper, as there are now studies with larger sample sizes across more industries and geographic areas. Practical implications - Firms that use sound risk management practices obtain higher valuations, achieve better financial performance and experience diminished costs of financial distress. Recent research has emerged regarding enterprise risk management and its potential for value creation and risk reduction. Originality/value - The paper provides a new compilation and synthesis of recent theoretical and empirical research in risk management that addresses many of the limitations of prior research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-81
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Accounting and Information Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 7 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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