Trend in Dividend Payment by other Corporations

To assess the rightful dividend that HCA should have paid, a look at the trend in dividend policy among corporations is necessary. Fama and French (2001) for instance found out that the percentage of firms that continued to pay dividends had decreased by 45.7 percentage points from 1978 to 1999, a fact they attributed partially to “the changing characteristics of   publicly traded firms” (P. 3).

 

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