Board Gender Composition, Dividend Policy and Cost of Debt: The Implications of CEO Duality

22 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017 Last revised: 2 Apr 2017

Date Written: January 21, 2017

Abstract

This study examines whether CEO duality affects the association between board gender composition, dividend policy and cost of debt among S&P 500 firms. Our results show that board gender composition positively impacts both a firm’s propensity to pay dividends and the level of payouts. However, this positive association is only present in firms without CEO duality. We find no significant association between board gender composition and cost of debt, but when we split the sample into firms with and without CEO duality, we find a positive association for the former and a negative association for the latter. Overall, these results suggest that CEO duality could undermine the role of board gender composition in influencing dividend policy and cost of debt.

Keywords: Board Gender Composition; Dividend Policy; Cost of Debt; CEO duality

Suggested Citation

Benjamin, Samuel and Biswas, Pallab Kumar, Board Gender Composition, Dividend Policy and Cost of Debt: The Implications of CEO Duality (January 21, 2017). 8th Conference on Financial Markets and Corporate Governance (FMCG) 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903142

Samuel Benjamin (Contact Author)

University of Otago ( email )

Commerce
Clyde Street
Dunedin, OR Otago 9016
New Zealand

Pallab Kumar Biswas

University of Otago ( email )

P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, Otago 9010
New Zealand
+64 3 679 8108 (Phone)

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