BOARD GENDER DIVERSITY AND DIVIDEND POLICY: CASE OF JORDANIAN COMMERCIAL BANKS

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Asma’a Al-Amarneh, Hadeel Yaseen, Majd Iskandrani

DOI:10.22495/cbv13i3art4

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Abstract

This paper aims to investigate the impact of board gender diversity on dividend policy in the context of Jordanian commercial banks. Using a sample of 13 Jordanian commercial banks listed on Amman Stock Exchange during the period 2005-2014, we find strong and robust evidence indicating that diversified boards tend to pay higher cash dividends to shareholders since women can better address the needs of investors in impatient emerging markets. Moreover, this paper presents the negative moderating effect of both, the government existence in the boardroom and international financial crisis on the relationship between gender diversity and dividend policy indicators. Under such conditions, the diversified boards became more conservative and retained most of the profit and paid fewer dividends because of the risk-averse tendencies of women directors.

Keywords: Board Gender Diversity, Dividend Policy, Commercial Bank, Jordan

Received: 26.10.2017

Accepted: 27.11.2017

How to cite this paper: Al-Amarneh, A., Yaseen, H., & Iskandrani, M. (2017). Board gender diversity and dividend policy: Case of Jordanian commercial banks. Corporate Board: role, duties and composition, 13(3), 33-41. http://doi.org/10.22495/cbv13i3art4