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Revista de Administração de Empresas
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MARTINS, Andressa Iovine and FAMA, Rubens. What the studies conducted in Brazil regarding dividend policy reveal. Rev. adm. empres. [online]. 2012, vol.52, n.1, pp. 24-39. ISSN 0034-7590. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-75902012000100003.
This paper consists of a review of the literature about dividend policy in Brazil, focusing on the empirical studies conducted from 1990 to 2010 that were published in major Brazilian administration, accounting and finance journals and major conference proceedings on this subject. The analyzed sample comprised 39 studies using various methods and conducted in various periods. Based on the model of Harris and Raviv (1991), this paper grouped studies according to model type, and it found five main categories. We were able to find some tendencies, such as: dividend policy relevance in the Brazilian market; confirmation of existence of agency problems; conflicting findings regarding the clientele hypothesis; tax signaling in, and tax impact on, defining dividend policy; non-conflicting findings regarding key factors of dividend policy.
Keywords : Dividends; dividend policy; returns; bibliography; finances.