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Corporate Risk Management and Dividend Signaling Theory

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  • Georges Dionne
  • Karima Ouederni

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This paper investigates the effect of corporate risk management on dividend policy. We extend the signaling framework of Bhattacharya (1979) by including the possibility of hedging the future cash flow. We find that the higher the hedging level, the lower the incremental dividend. This result is in line with the purpoted positive relation between information asymmetry and dividend policy (e.g., Miller and Rock, 1985) and the assertion that risk management alleviates the information asymmetry problem (e.g., DaDalt et al., 2002). Our theoretical model has testable implications.

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Paper provided by CIRPEE in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 1008.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:1008

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Keywords: Signaling theory; Dividend policy; Risk management policy; Corporate hedging; Information asymmetry;

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