Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

On the Determinants and Dynamics of Dividend Policy

28 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2006  

Sami Ben Naceur

International Monetary Fund (IMF); ESSEC Tunis

Mohamed Goaied

IHEC Carthage

Amel Belanes

IHEC Carthage

Multiple version iconThere are 3 versions of this paper

Abstract

The authors study the dividend policy of 48 firms listed on the Tunisian Stock Exchange during 1996-2002 period. The study tests whether managers of Tunisian listed firms smooth their dividends or not. Beside, the study outlines the main determinants that may drive the dividend policy of Tunisian quoted firms. To answer the first question, we use Lintner's model in a dynamic setting. The results clearly demonstrate that Tunisian firms rely on both current earnings and past dividends to fix their dividend payment. However, the study shows that dividends tend to be more sensitive to current earnings than prior dividends. To find out the determinants of dividend policy, dynamic panel regressions have been performed. First, profitable firms with more stable earnings can afford larger free cash flows and thus, pay larger dividends. Furthermore, they distribute larger dividends whenever they are growing fast. However, neither the ownership concentration nor the financial leverage seems to have any impact on dividend policy in Tunisia. Besides, the liquidity of stock market and size negatively impacts the dividend payment. The results are somewhat robust to different specifications.

Keywords: Dividend policy, dynamic panel data, corporate governance, partial adjustment model, dividend policy

JEL Classification: G32, G35

Suggested Citation

Ben Naceur, Sami and Goaied, Mohamed and Belanes, Amel, On the Determinants and Dynamics of Dividend Policy. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=889330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.889330

Sami Ben Naceur (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

ESSEC Tunis ( email )

4 rue Abou Zakaria El Hafsi
Montfleury, 1089
Tunisia

Mohamed Goaied

IHEC Carthage ( email )

SAHLOUL3
Carthage 2016
Tunisia

Amel Belanes

IHEC Carthage

SAHLOUL3
Carthage 2016
Tunisia

Paper statistics

Downloads
2,060
Rank
2,963
Abstract Views
9,407