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The Ex-Dividend Day Behaviour of Australian Share Prices Before and After Dividend Imputation

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  • Philip Brown

    (Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Western Australia, Nedlands WA 6009.)

  • Alex Clarke

    (Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Western Australia, Nedlands WA 6009.)

Abstract

We document shifts in the ex-dividend day pricing of Australian shares that paid cash dividends between 1973 and 1991, and relate these shifts to three major changes in the taxation of capital gains, dividends and superannuation funds. Despite the changes, which on the whole increasingly favoured dividends over capital gains, shareholders have continued to prefer capital gains. One change was the introduction of dividend imputation in 1987. While the market took some time to adjust to dividend imputation, by 1990 shareholders typically obtained 80% of the benefit of the imputed tax credit.

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  • Philip Brown & Alex Clarke, 1993. "The Ex-Dividend Day Behaviour of Australian Share Prices Before and After Dividend Imputation," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 18(1), pages 1-40, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ausman:v:18:y:1993:i:1:p:1-40
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    1. Clinton Feuerherdt & Stephen Gray & Jason Hall, 2010. "The Value of Imputation Tax Credits on Australian Hybrid Securities," International Review of Finance, International Review of Finance Ltd., vol. 10(3), pages 365-401.
    2. Abraham, Mathew & Marsden, Alastair & Poskitt, Russell, 2015. "Determinants of a firm's decision to utilize a dividend reinvestment plan and shareholder participation rates: Australian evidence," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 57-77.
    3. Leonie Bell & Tim Jenkinson, 2002. "New Evidence of the Impact of Dividend Taxation and on the Identity of the Marginal Investor," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 57(3), pages 1321-1346, June.
    4. Brown, Philip & Clarke, Alex & How, Janice C. Y. & Lim, Kadir J. P., 2002. "Analysts' dividend forecasts," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 10(4), pages 371-391, September.
    5. Andrew Ainsworth & Kingsley YL Fong & David R Gallagher & Graham Partington, 2016. "Institutional trading around the ex-dividend day," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 41(2), pages 299-323, May.
    6. Aelee Jun & Graham H. Partington, 2014. "Taxes, International Clienteles and the Value of ADR Dividends," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(9-10), pages 1337-1360, November.
    7. repec:eee:pacfin:v:46:y:2017:i:pb:p:213-226 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. H. Chu & G. Partington, 2008. "The Market Valuation of Cash Dividends: The Case of the CRA Bonus Issue-super-," International Review of Finance, International Review of Finance Ltd., vol. 8(1-2), pages 1-20.

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