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Do dividend changes predict the future profitability of firms?
Authors:Young M Choi  Hyo K Joo  Young K Park
Institution:1. Cheongju University, Cheongju, Korea;2. Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
Abstract:Many previous studies have been conducted to test whether corporate dividend changes predict the future profitability of firms. While the debate continues, we assess the information content of dividends (ICD) hypothesis in the Korean market as it provides an interesting experimental setting for testing the hypothesis in the context of corporate governance. We find that it is difficult to support the ICD hypothesis if one accepts nonlinear patterns in earnings. However, when we divide the sample in terms of Chaebol vs. non‐Chaebol and high‐growth vs. low‐growth firms, we find that the ICD hypothesis becomes valid, especially for non‐Chaebol firms and for low‐growth firms. Therefore, we suggest that the validity of the ICD hypothesis may be dependent on firm characteristics such as the corporate governance structure and growth stage.
Keywords:Dividend changes  Information contents  Corporate earnings  Return on Assets  Agency problem  G3
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