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Does Dividend Policy Relate toCross-Sectional Variation in Information Asymmetry? Evidence from Returns to Insider Trades

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  • Kenneth Khang
  • Tao-Hsien Dolly King

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We examine the relation between dividends and information asymmetry by using insider returns as a proxy for information asymmetry. We find that dividends are negatively related to returns to insider trades across firms. Firms that pay consistently high dividends have lower insider returns than do firms that pay consistently low dividends. These results do not support traditional dividend signaling models. Rather, they are consistent with the proposition that firms with the highest dividends have the lowest levels of information asymmetry.

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  • Kenneth Khang & Tao-Hsien Dolly King, 2006. "Does Dividend Policy Relate toCross-Sectional Variation in Information Asymmetry? Evidence from Returns to Insider Trades," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 35(4), Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:khangking06
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    2. Borisova, Ginka & Yadav, Pradeep K., 2015. "Government ownership, informed trading, and private information," CFR Working Papers 15-13, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
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