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Taxation and the cash flow sensitivity of dividends

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  • Jacob, Marcus
  • Jacob, Martin

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This paper investigates tax reasons for cross-sectional deviations from the general consensus in literature that a firm’s cash flow has a positive effect on dividend payout. We use a large multinational panel data set to show that the positive cash flow sensitivity of dividends is decreasing in dividend taxes.

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  • Jacob, Marcus & Jacob, Martin, 2013. "Taxation and the cash flow sensitivity of dividends," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 186-188.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:186-188
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.09.019
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    1. Annette Alstadsæter & Martin Jacob & Wojciech Kopczuk & Kjetil Telle, 2016. "Accounting for Business Income in Measuring Top Income Shares: Integrated Accrual Approach Using Individual and Firm Data from Norway," NBER Working Papers 22888, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. repec:spr:rvmgts:v:11:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s11846-016-0197-9 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Taxation; Dividends; Cash flow sensitivity;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H - Public Economics

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