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Do corporate directors ‘heap’ dividends?: Evidence on dividend rounding and information uncertainty in Australian firms
Carson College of Business, Washington State University, US.
School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center (from 2013).
College of Business, University of Montana, US.
2018 (English)In: Australian Journal of Management, ISSN 0312-8962, E-ISSN 1327-2020Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

In this study, we examine the extent of dividend heaping in Australian firms between 1976 and 2015. Our findings show that 27.39% of dividends greater than or equal to 2.5-cents are heaped in 2.5-cent intervals, while 70.90% of dividends less than 2.5-cents are heaped in 0.25-cent intervals. We find that the heaping phenomenon decreases over time and average dividend size increases. We also show that when establishing the likelihood of dividend heaping, stock return volatility and firm size are consistent with the information uncertainty hypothesis. Dividend heaping also appears to be influenced by firm-level characteristics that are inconsistent with the hypothesis. For instance, the likelihood of heaping increases with dividend size and firm age. 

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SAGE Publications Ltd , 2018.
Keywords [en]
Behavioral, directors, dividends, heaping, management, rounding
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Business Administration Economics
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67105DOI: 10.1177/0312896218758838Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044973160OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67105DiVA, id: diva2:1199488
Available from: 2018-04-20 Created: 2018-04-20 Last updated: 2018-06-28Bibliographically approved

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