Title

Dividend Policy and Informativeness of Reported Earnings: Evidence from the MENA Region

Author's Department

Management Department

Second Author's Department

Accounting Department

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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/irfi.12124

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Omar Farooq; Nermeen Shehata; Siva Nathan

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

International Review of Finance

Publication Date

3-31-2018

doi

10.1111/irfi.12124

Abstract

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.

First Page

113

Last Page

121

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