The information content of cashflows in the context of dividend smoothing

Basil Al-Najjar, Yacine Belghitar

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This paper aims to investigate the information content of cash flows in the context of dividend smoothing. Unlike previous studies, we propose a novel partial adjustment model based on cash flows, and compare it to Lintner's (1956) model. The results show that UK firms smooth their cash flows and that cash flows are the key determinant of dividend policy. Moreover, our proposed dividend partial adjustment model has a lower adjustment coefficient than Lintner's model, suggesting that our estimates are much closer to reality. The results are consistent across different measures of cash flows.
LanguageEnglish
Pages57-70
Number of pages14
JournalEconomic Issues
Volume17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Cash flow
Information content
Dividend smoothing
Partial adjustment model
Dividends
Dividend policy
Adjustment coefficient

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The information content of cashflows in the context of dividend smoothing. / Al-Najjar, Basil; Belghitar, Yacine.

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