Title

Taxes and Dividend Policy

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1996

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of differential personal taxation on corporate dividend policy. The temporal pattern of corporate dividend payout and dynamic dividend behavior are examined over a period with significant changes in the tax code. The paper finds that there are structural shifts in the aggregate dividend payout and these shifts often coincide with tax law changes. The empirical results provide a modest support for the hypothesis that the elimination of the preferential capital gains tax treatment in 1986 has a positive impact on the aggregate corporate dividend payout ratio.

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

International Review of Economics and Finance

Volume

5

Issue

3

First Page

291

Last Page

305

ISSN

1059-0560

Identifier

10.1016/s1059-0560(96)90035-0

Publisher

Elsevier