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Does Better Corporate Governance Encourage Higher Payout? : Risk, Agency Cost, and Dividend Policy

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  • BHATTACHARYA, Debarati
  • LI, Wei-Hsien
  • RHEE, S. Ghon

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We investigate whether corporate governance complements or substitutes for payout policy as an effective method of reducing agency cost through its interplay with the idiosyncratic risk of the firm. Corporate governance acts as a substitute for [complement to] the firm's dividend policy when its idiosyncratic risk is high [low]. Our empirical investigation reveals that moving from the weakest to the strongest quintile of corporate governance increases the predicted probability of dividend payout by 28% when the firm's idiosyncratic risk is at its lowest quintile. On the other hand, when the idiosyncratic risk is at its highest quintile, moving from the weakest to the strongest quintiles of corporate governance decreases the predicted probability of dividend payout by 32%. We also observe that the interplay of governance and idiosyncratic risk considerations shapes up managerial decisions for share repurchase, total payout, and dividend initiation.

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  • BHATTACHARYA, Debarati & LI, Wei-Hsien & RHEE, S. Ghon, 2016. "Does Better Corporate Governance Encourage Higher Payout? : Risk, Agency Cost, and Dividend Policy," Discussion paper series HIAS-E-20, Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University.
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    Keywords

    Dividend policy; Idiosyncratic risk; Corporate governance; Stock repurchase; Dividend initiation; Agency costs;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General

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