IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/eca/wpaper/2013-289916.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Should Infrastructure Regulators regulate Dividends? Hints from a Literature Survey

Author

Listed:
  • Salvador Bertomeu
  • Antonio Estache

Abstract

This paper synthesizes the theoretical insights and the empirical evidence on the various dimensions that drive and/or should drive the dividend pay-out decisions of regulated firms if the interests of all stakeholders are to be accounted for. It then explains why, from a regulator’s perspective concerned with the fair treatment of investors as well as current and future consumers, most of the academic insights have been, so far, insufficient to guide, in practice, the assessments of dividend policies adopted by regulated companies. The survey concludes with a potential research agenda to help close the knowledge gaps

Suggested Citation

  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eca:wpaper:2013/289916
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://dipot.ulb.ac.be/dspace/bitstream/2013/289916/3/2019-18-BERTOMEUSANCHEZ_ESTACHE-should.pdf
    File Function: Œuvre complète ou partie de l'œuvre
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Lyon, Thomas P, 1996. "A Model of Sliding-Scale Regulation," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 9(3), pages 227-247, May.
    2. Jorge Farinha & Oscar Lopez-de-Foronda, 2009. "The relation between dividends and insider ownership in different legal systems: international evidence," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(2), pages 169-189.
    3. Eugene F. Fama, 2002. "Testing Trade-Off and Pecking Order Predictions About Dividends and Debt," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 15(1), pages 1-33, March.
    4. Francisca Bremberger & Carlo Cambini & Klaus Gugler & Laura Rondi, 2016. "Dividend Policy In Regulated Network Industries: Evidence From The Eu," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 54(1), pages 408-432, January.
    5. Gugler, Klaus, 2003. "Corporate governance, dividend payout policy, and the interrelation between dividends, R&D, and capital investment," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(7), pages 1297-1321, July.
    6. Rafael La Porta & Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes & Andrei Shleifer & Robert W. Vishny, 2000. "Agency Problems and Dividend Policies around the World," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 55(1), pages 1-33, February.
    7. Moyer, R. Charles & Rao, Ramesh & Tripathy, Niranjan, 1992. "Dividend policy and regulatory risk: A test of the Smith hypothesis," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(2), pages 127-134, May.
    8. Lin, Tsui-Jung & Chen, Yi-Pei & Tsai, Han-Fang, 2017. "The relationship among information asymmetry, dividend policy and ownership structure," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 20(C), pages 1-12.
    9. repec:hrv:faseco:30747163 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. H. Kent Baker & Bin Chang & Shantanu Dutta & Samir Saadi, 2013. "Canadian corporate payout policy," International Journal of Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 9(3), pages 164-184, June.
    11. DeAngelo, Harry & DeAngelo, Linda & Skinner, Douglas J., 2004. "Are dividends disappearing? Dividend concentration and the consolidation of earnings," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(3), pages 425-456, June.
    12. Miller, Merton H & Rock, Kevin, 1985. " Dividend Policy under Asymmetric Information," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 40(4), pages 1031-1051, September.
    13. 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.
    14. DeAngelo, Harry & DeAngelo, Linda & Stulz, Rene M., 2006. "Dividend policy and the earned/contributed capital mix: a test of the life-cycle theory," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 81(2), pages 227-254, August.
    15. Burns, Philip & Turvey, Ralph & Weyman-Jones, Thomas G, 1998. "The Behaviour of the Firm under Alternative Regulatory Constraints," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 45(2), pages 133-157, May.
    16. Baker, H. Kent & Smith, David M., 2006. "In search of a residual dividend policy," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 1-18.
    17. Moyer, R. Charles & Chatfield, Robert E. & Sisneros, Phillip M., 1989. "Security Analyst Monitoring Activity: Agency Costs and Information Demands," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 24(04), pages 503-512, December.
    18. Seth Armitage, 2012. "Demand for Dividends: The Case of UK Water Companies," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(3-4), pages 464-499, April.
    19. Robert S. Hansen & Raman Kumar & Dilip K. Shome, 1994. "Dividend Policy and Corporate Monitoring: Evidence from the Regulated Electric Utility Industry," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 23(1), Spring.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Regulation; Dividends; Utilities; Transport; Infrastructure;

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eca:wpaper:2013/289916. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Benoit Pauwels). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/arulbbe.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.