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Determinants of dividend payout ratios in Ghana


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  • Mohammed Amidu
  • Joshua Abor


Purpose – This study seeks to examine the determinants of dividend payout ratios of listed companies in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach – The analyses are performed using data derived from the financial statements of firms listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange during a six-year period. Ordinary Least Squares model is used to estimate the regression equation. Institutional holding is used as a proxy for agency cost. Growth in sales and market-to-book value are also used as proxies for investment opportunities. Findings – The results show positive relationships between dividend payout ratios and profitability, cash flow, and tax. The results also show negative associations between dividend payout and risk, institutional holding, growth and market-to-book value. However, the significant variables in the results are profitability, cash flow, sale growth and market-to-book value. Originality/value – The main value of this study is the identification of the factors that influence the dividend payout policy decisions of listed firms in Ghana.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Journal of Risk Finance.

Volume (Year): 7 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 136-145

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Handle: RePEc:eme:jrfpps:v:7:y:2006:i:2:p:136-145

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Keywords: Determinants; Dividends; Finance and accounting; Ghana;


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Cited by:
  1. Charles K.D. Adjasi, 2009. "Macroeconomic uncertainty and conditional stock-price volatility in frontier African markets: Evidence from Ghana," Journal of Risk Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 10(4), pages 333-349, August.
  2. Joshua Abor & Godfred A. Bokpin, 2010. "Investment opportunities, corporate finance, and dividend payout policy: Evidence from emerging markets," Studies in Economics and Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 27(3), pages 180-194, August.
  3. Imran, Kashif & Usman, Muhammad & Nishat, Muhammad, 2013. "Banks dividend policy: Evidence from Pakistan," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 88-90.
  4. Darakhshan Younis & Attiya Yasmin Javid, 2014. "Market Imperfections and Dividend Policy Decisions of Manufacturing Sector of Pakistan," PIDE-Working Papers 2014:99, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  5. Waseem Khan & Naheed Ashraf, 2014. "In Pakistani Service Industry: Dividend Payout Ratio as Function of some Factors," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 4(1), pages 390-396, January.
  6. Mobeen Ur Rehman & Aabid Hussain, 2013. "Impact of Dividend Policy on Performance of Firms Having Stocks Listed In an Emerging Stock Market," Asian Journal of Empirical Research, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 3(1), pages 20-29, January.
  7. Raluca-Georgiana MOSCU, 2012. "Determinant Agents Analysis of Dividend Policies Practiced by Companies Listed in Great Britain and France," Romanian Statistical Review Supplement, Romanian Statistical Review, vol. 60(1), pages 28-34, March.


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