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God Save the Queen and Her Dividends: Corporate Payouts in the United Kingdom

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  • Stephen P. Ferris

    (University of Missouri–Columbia)

  • Nilanjan Sen

    (Nanyang Technological University)

  • Ho Pei Yui

    (Nanyang Technological University)

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We examine whether the decline in the number of dividend payers is purely a U.S. phenomenon or is part of a global trend. Focusing on the United Kingdom, a capital market comparable in maturity and sophistication to that of the United States, we find that the number of U.K. firms paying dividends declines from 75.9% to 54.5%. After controlling for firm size and profitability, we find a declining propensity to pay dividends over the 1998–2002 subperiod. We conclude that a shift in catering incentives appears most likely explain these recent changes in U.K. payout policies.

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  • Stephen P. Ferris & Nilanjan Sen & Ho Pei Yui, 2006. "God Save the Queen and Her Dividends: Corporate Payouts in the United Kingdom," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 79(3), pages 1149-1174, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:79:y:2006:i:3:p:1149-1174
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    8. Kuo, Jing-Ming & Philip, Dennis & Zhang, Qingjing, 2013. "What drives the disappearing dividends phenomenon?," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(9), pages 3499-3514.
    9. Geiler, P.H.M. & Renneboog, L.D.R., 2014. "Executive Remuneration and the Payout Decision," Discussion Paper 2014-032, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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