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Title: Nonfinancial goals, governance and dividend payout in private family firms
Authors: Vandemaele, Sigrid
Vancauteren, Mark
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: This article uses insights from behavioral economics to explain dividend policy in private family firms. Based on a sample of 501 Belgian firms, our results indicate that dividend payout is low when a family CEO leads the business and in the presence of a family dominated board. The tendency of a family CEO or family dominated board to retain earnings appears to be stronger in earlier generational stages compared to later generational stages. The findings are consistent with (i) socioemotional objectives being important drivers of funding decisions in private firms where families possess important decision and control power and (ii) these objectives being more predominant in early generational stages.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13338
DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12063
ISSN: 0047-2778
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Econometrics
Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Accountancy & Finance

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