Flexible Firm-Level Dividends in Latin America
11 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2017
Date Written: January 20, 2017
We show, for a sample of up to 757 industrial firms, in seven Latin American countries from 1994-2014, that these firms exhibit comparatively flexible payout behavior. Flexibility is defined in respect to (i) variability in firm payout status and amounts and (ii) parameters of the Lambrecht-Myers (2012) theory on the Lintner (1956) dividend equation. The results indicate that Latin American firms have higher speeds of adjustment and target payout ratios as well as lower rates of habit formation than found in the payout policies of United States firms. This note, thus, highlights an open question regarding conspicuously flexible payout policies in Latin American firms.
Keywords: G15, G32, G35, O16
JEL Classification: dividends; flexibility; Latin America
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