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Impact of financial and multinational operations on manager perceptions of dividends

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  • Baker, H. Kent
  • Dutta, Shantanu
  • Saadi, Samir

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We survey managers of firms listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange about their views on dividends. We find the perceptions of factors that influence dividend policy differ between managers of financial and non-financial firms. Industry classification also affects how managers view statements about the dividend pattern, dividend setting process, dividend policy and firm value, residual dividend theory, and explanations for paying dividends. However, we find weak, if any, multinational operations effect on manager perception of dividends. We conclude that researchers investigating dividends should partition the data by industry type and perhaps other firm characteristics to better understand the dividend puzzle.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Global Finance Journal.

Volume (Year): 19 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 171-186

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Handle: RePEc:eee:glofin:v:19:y:2008:i:2:p:171-186

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Keywords: Dividends Surveys Industry effects;

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  1. Tom Van Caneghem & Walter Aerts, 2011. "Intra-industry conformity in dividend policy," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(6), pages 492-516, June.

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