Shareholder protection, ownership, and dividends: Russian evidence

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This article investigates the relation between corporate governance mechanisms and dividend policy in Russian firms. Using a sample of Russian listed firms over the period 1998–2003, we estimate models for dividend pay probability and payout size. We find that there has been a significant increase in dividend payout levels which coincide with improvements in legal shareholder protection. State controlled firms are more frequent dividend payers as compared to other majority owned firms. We also find that dual share firms, in which corporate charters protect minority interests, have a higher dividend pay probability; while firms reporting according to US GAAP, which may be less likely to manipulate earnings, have a lower dividend payout.
OriginalspråkEngelska
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftEmerging Markets Finance and Trade
Volym52
Utgåva10
Sidor (från-till)2414-2433
Antal sidor20
ISSN1540-496X
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2016
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift

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