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Dividend policy: Shareholder rights and creditor rights under the impact of the global financial crisis

Quoc Trung Tran, Pascal Alphonse and Xuan Minh Nguyen

Economic Modelling, 2017, vol. 64, issue C, 502-512

Abstract: The extant literature shows that shareholder and creditor rights positively affect corporate payout policy in a static macroeconomic environment. This study examines how the effects of shareholder and creditor rights on dividend policy change under the impact of the global financial crisis. We posit that this exogenous shock increases agency costs of both shareholders and creditors. With a sample of 133,631 firm-year observations from 23,890 firms incorporated in 41 countries, we find that both shareholder and creditor rights are less effective in dividend decisions in the post-crisis period and the extent of shareholder (creditor) expropriation in the post-crisis period is larger when creditors (shareholders) are adequately protected.

Date: 2017
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