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Real dividend - stock market price causality nexus: an application of Markov switching model


  • Emmanuel Anoruo


This paper examines the causal relationship between real dividends and stock market prices for the USA using the Markov-switching vector autoregressive model (MS-VAR). The results indicate that both real dividends and stock market prices have one order of integration and are not cointegrated. The results from the MS-VAR reveal that causality runs from real stock prices to real dividends but not vice versa. The finding that real dividends are not informational in predicating future movements in stock market prices is consistent with the 'dividend irrelevance theory' which posits that dividends do not have predictive power over future earnings.

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  • Emmanuel Anoruo, 2014. "Real dividend - stock market price causality nexus: an application of Markov switching model," Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 4(1), pages 63-74.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:afasfa:v:4:y:2014:i:1:p:63-74

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