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Corporate governance and payout policy : Evidence from Korean business groups

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  • Corporate governance and payout policy
  • Hwang, Lee Seok; Kim, Hakkon; Park, Kwangwoo; Park, Rae Soo
  • KAIST Business School


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Title Corporate governance and payout policy
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Evidence from Korean business groups

Material Type Reports
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Hwang, Lee Seok; Kim, Hakkon; Park, Kwangwoo; Park, Rae Soo

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[Seoul]:KAIST Business School

Date 2013-07
Series Title; No KAIST Business School Working Paper Series
Pages 41
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < Entrepreneurship
Holding KAIST Business School

Abstract

Using a unique, comprehensive data set from a survey on corporate governance practices among Korean listed firms, this paper shows that business group (chaebol) firms have overall stronger governance practices but weaker shareholder rights and lower dividend payout ratios than independent firms do. We also find that the adverse effect of chaebol firms’ weak shareholder rights on dividend payout ratios appears to exemplify with the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008. In addition, our regression results show that the positive correlation between good corporate governance practices and dividend payout ratios is weaker among chaebol firms. Finally, we find that improving corporate governance enhances payout policies over time but is statistically significant only for independent firms. Our results suggest that the entrenched control by chaebol firm owners that stems from their control rights much above the cash flow rights puts less weight on protecting minority shareholders, resulting in smaller distributions of dividend payments.