Does reputation matter in the dividend smoothing policy of emerging market firms? Empirical evidence from India

Syed, Karim Bux Shah and Zainir, Fauzi and Isa, Mansor (2018) Does reputation matter in the dividend smoothing policy of emerging market firms? Empirical evidence from India. Borsa Istanbul Review, 18 (3). pp. 191-204. ISSN 2214-8450

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bir.2017.12.001

Abstract

Integrating reputational considerations in the analysis of dividend smoothing, we study the dividend smoothing determinants. We examine the extent to which the asymmetric information and agency costs theories explain dividend smoothing and whether their proxies’ impact varies given the firm's reputation as a high- or low-smoothing firm. Our quantile regression results confirm that the determinants vary significantly across smoothing quantiles. In the low-smoothing quantiles, capturing firms with a lower tendency towards smoothing and hence facing lesser or no reputational concerns, the degree of dividend smoothing increases significantly with size, age, and tangibility, whereas it declines with ownership concentration and risk. Interestingly, most of these factors turn insignificant for firms in the high-smoothing quantiles, facing higher reputational stakes. Emphasizing the predominance of reputational effects on the determination of dividend smoothing, these findings help explain the dividend smoothing puzzle: why firms with lesser or no need for dividend smoothing still smooth high.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dividend smoothing; Emerging markets; Quantile regression
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Accountancy
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 07:49
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2019 07:49
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20585

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