Dividends and Expropriation

Posted: 14 Sep 2000

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Mara Faccio

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); National University of Singapore (NUS) - Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER)

Larry H.P. Lang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Finance

Leslie Young

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Finance

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Abstract

Whereas most US corporations are widely-held, the predominant form of ownership in East Asia is control by a family, which often supplies a top manager. These features of "crony capitalism" are actually more pronounced in Western Europe. In both regions, the salient agency problem is expropriation of outside shareholders by controlling shareholders. Dividends provide evidence on this. Group-affiliated corporations in Europe pay higher dividends than in Asia, dampening insider expropriation. Dividend rates are higher in Europe, but lower in Asia, when there are multiple large shareholders, suggesting that they dampen expropriation in Europe, but exacerbate it in Asia.

JEL Classification: G34; G35

Suggested Citation

Faccio, Mara and Lang, Hsien Ping Larry and Young, Leslie S.F., Dividends and Expropriation. American Economic Review, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=239736

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