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Determinants of corporate dividend policy in Greece

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  • Theophano Patra
  • Sunil Poshakwale
  • Kean Ow-Yong
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    This article examines the determinants of corporate dividend policy of listed firms in Greece as a case study of an emerging market country. The analysis is based on 945 firm year observations of 63 nonfinancial firms which paid dividends annually from 1993 to 2007. The study uses the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) to estimate the firm level factors that may determine why firms distribute dividends. We find that size, profitability and liquidity factors increase the probability to pay dividends. However, investment opportunities, financial leverage and business risk decrease the likelihood to pay dividends. On the whole, the findings lend support for the information asymmetry and agency cost theories. In addition, the factors that influence dividend policy in developed markets also appear to apply for this emerging market country.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Financial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 13 (July)
    Pages: 1079-1087

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:22:y:2012:i:13:p:1079-1087

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