Dividend Policy and Corporate Governance

Hardcover | March 9, 2004

byLuis Correia da Silva, Marc Goergen, Luc Renneboog

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Dividends are not only a signal about a firm's prospects under asymmetric information, but they can also act as a corporate governance device to align the management's interests with those of the shareholders. Dividend Policy and Corporate Governance is the first comprehensive volume on therelationship between dividend policy and corporate governance, and examines in detail empirical studies and current theories.Reviewing the interactions between dividend policy and other corporate governance mechanisms, it compares results for the UK and the US with those for other countries such as France, Germany, and Japan, and provides new empirical evidence on corporate governance in continental Europe and its impacton dividends. Focusing on one of the main representatives of this system, Germany, it highlights major differences between the dividend policies of German firms and those of UK or US firms. Conventional wisdom states that German dividends are lower than UK or US dividends, yet on a published-profitsbasis the exact converse is true. In addition, the authors demonstrate a link between corporate control structures and dividend payouts, report evidence that the existence of a loss is an additional determinant of dividend changes, and demonstrate that the tax status of the controlling shareholderand the firm's dividend payout are not linked.The conclusions reached in this book have important implications for the current debate on corporate governance, making it invaluable for academics, finance professionals, regulators, and legal advisors.

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Dividends are not only a signal about a firm's prospects under asymmetric information, but they can also act as a corporate governance device to align the management's interests with those of the shareholders. Dividend Policy and Corporate Governance is the first comprehensive volume on therelationship between dividend policy and corpo...

Luis Correia da Silva is a Director of Oxford Economic Research Associates Ltd. (OXERA) and head of OXERA finance. Marc Goergen is a senior lecturer in finance at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Luc Renneboog is Associate Professor at the Department of Finance, Tilburg University and Research Fellow a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.61 inPublished:March 9, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199259305

ISBN - 13:9780199259304

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Table of Contents

Part I1. Introduction2. Recent Facts and Developments in Corporate Governance3. Theories and Empirical Evidence on Dividends and ControlPart II4. Research Questions5. Empirical Issues on Dividend Payout Ratios6. Dividend Policy, Earnings, and Cash Flow7. When Do Firms Change the Dividend Policy?8. Dividend Policy, Corporate Control, and Tax Clienteles9. Conclusion

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`Dividend Policy and Corporate Governance is a much needed addition to the finance literature. The book not only presents a thorough review of the dividend and corporate governance literature, but it also presents new, important empirical insights on the dividend policy of firms that operateoutside the Anglo-American system of corporate governance.'Julian Franks, London Business School and CEPR