Dividend Policy and Informativeness of Reported Earnings: Evidence from the MENA Region
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International Review of Finance
This paper documents that informativeness of reported earnings, measured by earnings–return relation, is an increasing function of dividend payout ratio in the Middle East and North Africa region during the period between 2003 and 2014. We argue that higher dividends reduce agency conflicts. Lower agency problems lead firms to disclose information more truthfully, thereby improving credibility of reported earnings. We also show that our results hold for various proxies of dividend policy.
Shehata, N. F.
(2018). Dividend Policy and Informativeness of Reported Earnings: Evidence from the MENA Region. International Review of Finance, 18(1), 113–121.
Farooq, Omar, et al.
"Dividend Policy and Informativeness of Reported Earnings: Evidence from the MENA Region." International Review of Finance, vol. 18,no. 1, 2018, pp. 113–121.