A Quasi-Experimental Test of the Risk-Reward Paradigm
49 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2016 Last revised: 6 Jun 2017
Date Written: September 2, 2016
Do financial markets reward investors for bearing risk? My paper tests this basic paradigm question with a quasi-experimental approach. After a firm has publicly declared a dividend, but in the few days that precede the cum-to-ex date, an investor in the traded equity owns a claim to the dividend cash plus the remaining firm equity within the corporate shell. In the days after the cum-to-ex date, the shell contains only the sans-dividend-cash firm equity. The empirical evidence confirms the predicted increases in volatilities but shows unexpected decreases in average returns. Taxes and trading cannot explain this.
Keywords: Financing, Leverage, Capital Structure, Quasi-Experiments, Behavioral Finance
JEL Classification: G12, G31, G32, G35
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation