Dividend Policy, Corporate Control and the Tax Status of the Controlling Shareholder
Forthcoming, Economia e Politica Industriale
54 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2012 Last revised: 15 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 3, 2018
This paper studies the impact of the concentration of control, the type of controlling shareholder and the dividend tax preference of the controlling shareholder on dividend policy for a panel of 220 German firms over 1984-2005. In line with the agency model, we find a negative relation between family control and dividend payouts at low and high levels of control. We also find evidence of reduced speed of adjustment of dividends at intermediate levels of family control. We further document that corporate control is associated with higher dividend payouts if an industrial or commercial corporation is the majority shareholder of the company. Finally, the results do not provide evidence that the tax preference of the largest shareholder matters for dividend payout decisions.
Keywords: Dividend policy, payout policy, Lintner dividend model, tax clientele effects, corporate governance
JEL Classification: G32, G35
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