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Catering effects in corporate dividend policy: The international evidence

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  • Ferris, Stephen P.
  • Jayaraman, Narayanan
  • Sabherwal, Sanjiv
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    This study tests for the international presence of dividend catering across a sample of twenty-three countries. We find evidence of catering among firms incorporated in common law countries but not for those in civil law nations. Catering persists even after controlling for the effect of the firm's lifecycle. We conclude that when the legal regime and its accompanying set of investor protections permit, investors force dividends from managers, but they also attempt to extract such payouts indirectly by placing a high value on dividend paying firms. The relative failure of civil law firms to cater might be explained by idiosyncratic behaviors in the consumption of the private benefits of control or a lack of interest in responding to temporary market misevaluations of their equity.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 9 (September)
    Pages: 1730-1738

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:33:y:2009:i:9:p:1730-1738

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    Keywords: Dividends International Catering;

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