Do dividends signal future earnings in the Nordic stock markets?

Eva Liljeblom, Sabur Mollah, Patrik Rotter

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We study the informational content of dividends on three Nordic civil law markets, where other simultaneous but blurring motives for dividends may be weaker. Using aggregate data on real earnings per share and payout ratios, long time series from 1969 to 2010, and methodologies which address problems of endogeneity, non-stationarity and autocorrelation (including a vector error correction model approach), we find evidence on dividend signaling in Nordic markets. However, we also find heterogeneity in the relationship between dividends and earnings on markets similar in many respects, suggesting that even small variations in the institutional surroundings may be important for the results.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalReview of Quantitative Finance and Accounting
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)493-511
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Dividend signaling
  • Information content
  • Nordic markets
  • Vector error correction model (VECM)
  • KOTA2013


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