Payout Policy Pedagogy: What Matters and Why

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Harry DeAngelo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business - Finance and Business Economics Department

Linda DeAngelo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business - Finance and Business Economics Department

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Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

This paper argues that we should abandon MM (1961) irrelevance as the foundation for teaching payout policy, and instead emphasize the need to distribute the full value generated by investment policy ("full payout"). Because MM's assumptions restrict payouts to an optimum, their irrelevance theorem does not provide the appropriate prescription for managerial behavior. A simple example clarifies why the correct prescription is "full payout," and why both payout and investment policy matter even absent agency costs (DeAngelo and DeAngelo (2006)). A simple life-cycle generalization explains the main stylized facts about the payout policies of U.S. and European firms.

Keywords: Payout policy, dividends, capital budgeting, corporate finance

JEL Classification: G35, G31

Suggested Citation

DeAngelo, Harry and DeAngelo, Linda, Payout Policy Pedagogy: What Matters and Why (August 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=890616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.890616

Harry DeAngelo (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business - Finance and Business Economics Department ( email )

Marshall School of Business
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United States
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Linda DeAngelo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business - Finance and Business Economics Department ( email )

Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
213-740-3868 (Phone)
213-740-6650 (Fax)

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