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Appearing and Disappearing Dividends: The Link to Catering Incentives

Malcolm Baker and Jeffrey Wurgler ()

No 9995, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We document a close link between fluctuations in the propensity to pay dividends and catering incentives. First, we use the methodology of Fama and French (2001) to identify a total of four distinct trends in the propensity to pay dividends between 1963 and 2000. Second, we show that each of these trends lines up with a corresponding fluctuation in catering incentives: The propensity to pay increases when a proxy for the stock market dividend premium is positive and decreases when it is negative. The lone disconnect is attributable to Nixon-era controls.

JEL-codes: G35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-09
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Published as Baker, Malcolm and Jeffrey Wurgler. "Appearing And Disappearing Dividends: The Link To Catering Incentives," Journal of Financial Economics, 2004, v73(2,Aug), 271-288.

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