Corporate governance and dividend policy in Southeast Asia pre- and post-crisis

Julia Sawicki
2009 European Journal of Finance  
We trace corporate governance practices in five East Asian countries: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, over the period 1994 to 2003, documenting substantial improvements following the Asian financial crisis. There is some evidence that dividends act as a substitute for other corporate governance mechanisms prior to the crisis, however a strong positive relationship between governance and dividends emerges post-crisis. The relationship is incremental to the effect of legal
more » ... regime, confirming that shareholder protection at the firm level is important to forcing firms to disgorge cash in an outcome model of dividends.
doi:10.1080/13518470802604440 fatcat:7ahed5txhfe6jd6ibrmf2lyri4