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Dividend Policy Responses to Deregulation in the Electric Utility Industry

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  • Julia D¡¯Souza
  • John Jacob
  • Veronda F. Willis

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This paper investigates changes in electric utilities¡¯ dividend policies following the onset of deregulation. Consistent with the theory of dividend clienteles, we find that utilities continue to pay high dividends after the onset of deregulation. Under a regulated regime, we find no systematic pattern of associations between dividend changes and abnormal stock returns or future earnings changes. Post-deregulation, however, we find that, consistent with prior research on unregulated firms, dividend increases (decreases) are viewed by the market as good (bad) news. When we examine earnings following changes in dividends, we do not find evidence in favor of the dividend signaling theory.

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  • Julia D¡¯Souza & John Jacob & Veronda F. Willis, 2015. "Dividend Policy Responses to Deregulation in the Electric Utility Industry," International Journal of Business Administration, International Journal of Business Administration, Sciedu Press, vol. 6(2), pages 1-16, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:jfr:ijba11:v:6:y:2015:i:2:p:1-16
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    1. Salvador Bertomeu & Antonio Estache, 2019. "Should Infrastructure Regulators regulate Dividends? Hints from a Literature Survey," Working Papers ECARES 2019-18, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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