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The main purpose of this research is to study the effect of affecting factors on the stone export performance in Lorestan province. Based on its purpose, it is an applied research and based on the method of data collection, it is a descriptive and correlative one. Statistical population of the research is 552 managers and staff of different organizations of Khorramabad: organization of industry, mine, and trade, organization of cooperation, labor, and social welfare, chamber of commerce. By the use of Kokaran formula, the statistical sampling volume changed into 226 persons through stratified random sampling. For collecting data, we used researcher-made questionnaires. For measuring data reliability, we used Cronbach alpha which is equal to 0.83. Also, in order to determine the reliability, we used the confirmatory factor analysis. Based on the confidence level of 0.95, research results showed that the following factors have positive effects on the stone export performance of Lorestan: size of company, export experience, foreign buyers, pricing, export channels, advertising, intensity of competition, technology, quality, packing, and brand. Also, state obstacles have negative effects on the stone export performance of Lorestan.
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This article aims to provide an overview of the current state of corporate governance in Zimbabwe. Corporate governance has gained relevance and prominence in the global society since the big corporate scandals such as Enron and Worldcom. This article is qualitative in nature. Document analysis of relevant literature formulated the discussions. The findings show that Zimbabwe remains amongst a few countries that do not have a national code of corporate governance. However, corporate governance practice in Zimbabwe is regulated by the Companies Act, Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Act as well as rules of various other professional bodies. This article provides an insight into the current practice of corporate governance in Zimbabwe and will help to assist in determining future initiatives.
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This research was conducted to bring to light leadership concepts from the Qur’an. Religious elements, especially from the Qur?an have been ignored as a source of knowledge despite decades of ongoing inquiry and increasing interest. Based on the characteristics of the Motaqeen according to the Qur?an, the concept of Taqwa has been operationalized as having two distinct components, Spirituality and Responsibility. This study attempts to examine the relationship between the first instance spirituality, and leader?s effectiveness. The research utilized a cross-sectional field study in which spirituality was a self-constructed measurement while leadership effectiveness was constructed based on already established scales in the literature. Multiple regression and hierarchal regression techniques using SPSS were used to test the hypotheses. More than 200 companies were sampled. The results show that the leaders? effectiveness is influenced by the leaders? level of spirituality where one element of Spirituality, Belief, was found to predicate business leadership effectiveness. In light of the findings of the present research several recommendations are made to improve the Spirituality of leaders within organizational culture.
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This paper examines the exchange rate and interest rate volatility transmission channels in China by applying Granger causality, Johansen cointegration, and the VAR model. Empirical results taken from the exchange rate channel favor the exchange rate and the Shanghai composite index return volatility pass-through in imports and exports; those taken from the interest rate channel favor the deposit and lending rates as well as the Shanghai composite index return volatility pass-through in PPI. Our empirical evidence supports the presence of exchange rate and interest rate transmission channels in China. By manipulating the exchange rate and through its monetary policy, the China government can cool down the country?s overheating economy.
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The aim of this paper is to study if bilateral trade, similarity of specialization and capital flows between some Mediterranean countries (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey) and their main European partners (Germany, France and Italy) have an impact on Business cycles synchronization. Using the system Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) for dynamic panel over the period of 1980 to 2010, the study found a positive relationship between bilateral trade and similarity of specialization on one hand and business cycle correlation on the other hand. However, financial flows remain without significant effect on business cycle synchronization.
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This paper aims to investigate differences and similarities between and among the seven regions as well as the developed and the less developed provinces in Turkey for their gender gaps in educational attainment of the labor force. The study uses analysis of variance techniques to test equality of means between the regions and the provinces for the census period 1970 to 2000. The purpose is to determine whether gender gaps narrowed or expanded. The statistical tests rejected equality of the means for the six census periods for the seven regions and for the provinces. Multiple comparison procedures showed that changes in the means needed about a decade to materialize.
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Corruption and Political View Point of the Governments in Transition Countries EU Members
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(2015). Corruption and Political View Point of the Governments in Transition Countries EU Members. Asian Economic and Financial Review, 5(1): 73-87. DOI: 10.18488/journal.aefr/2015.5.1/22.214.171.124
In achieving their goals in conducting measures of their economic policy, governments of transition countries EU members, should realize the importance of suppressing the phenomenon of corruption in economy, especially in regard of reducing the unemployment rate rather than reducing the inflation rate; regardless of the fact if they are constituted of left- or right-wing parties. Should the right-wing governments firmly follow their political viewpoint, and at the same time they would want to reduce the unemployment together with reducing the inflation rate, than they should put bigger ponder on reducing the corruption than it is usually done by left-wing governments. However, if the right-wing parties should opportunistically turn to centre-oriented voters, than to follow their own ideological program, that would enable slightly easier position in suppression of unemployment, due to slightly smaller impact of the corruption. Opportunistic turning to centre-oriented voters would create slightly more difficult position to left-wing governments, who would easier suppress the unemployment if they followed their left-oriented program, due to smaller impact of the corruption. On the other hand, more opportunistic and less ideological behaviour of left- and right-wing parties would not create difficulties in achieving of the economic-monetary goal of keeping lower inflation rate. Right-wing governments in Croatia should especially aim to suppress the corruption, in order to down size the unemployment, by implementing all of economic policy measures. Political parties that would not consider quality of their policy resulting with wanted economic goals can lose their credibility, and at the same time the stability of their electoral body.
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What is About Wages in the Czech Education and Healthcare Sectors Before, during and after the Global Economic Recession?
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(2015). What is About Wages in the Czech Education and Healthcare Sectors Before, during and after the Global Economic Recession?. Asian Economic and Financial Review, 5(1): 58-72. DOI: 10.18488/journal.aefr/2015.5.1/126.96.36.199
Wages in the Czech education and healthcare sectors have been a widely debated issue. The present paper deals with the wage development in the above two areas compared to that on the national scale before, during and after the global recession, focusing on recent earnings of Czech teaching and medical staff. Since the income of the latter is notably affected by overtime pay, the structure of wages in the health service sector is given proper attention. The development of the wage levels and concentrations in both the sectors and their comparison with those in other areas is also considered, the professions with the lowest and highest earnings being highlighted.
This study contributes in the existing literature in terms of the impact of the global economic crisis on living standard level in two very discussed sectors e.g. education and health sectors in the Czech Republic. This study uses new estimation methodology, namely the method of L-moments of parametric estimation, which was used in construction of the wage models. This study is one of very few studies which have investigated in new modern methods of parametric estimation using L-moments.
Qualified Audit Opinion, Accounting Earnings Management and Real Earnings Management: Evidence from Iran
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(2015). Qualified Audit Opinion, Accounting Earnings Management and Real Earnings Management: Evidence from Iran. Asian Economic and Financial Review, 5(1): 46-57. DOI: 10.18488/journal.aefr/2015.5.1/188.8.131.52
This study examines the relationship between qualified audit opinions and earnings management, as measured by discretionary accruals (accounting earnings management) and abnormal production cost (real earnings management), for listed firms on the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE). For this purpose, four hypotheses are developed and tested by using multiple regressions and sample of 2818 firm-years. The results show that qualified opinions are related to accounting earnings management but are not related to real earnings management. Client financial characteristics, such as profitability, size, experience, type of audit opinion in previous year and prior year loss are determinants of the qualified audit opinion decision.
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Liquidity and Returns: Evidences from Stock Indexes around the World
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(2015). Liquidity and Returns: Evidences from Stock Indexes around the World. Asian Economic and Financial Review, 5(1): 33-45. DOI: 10.18488/journal.aefr/2015.5.1/184.108.40.206
Using data from 16 developing countries and 10 developed countries between January 2000 and December 2013, this study examines the relationship between liquidity and stock index return. The empirical results show that the higher market liquidity (trading volume, turnover ratio, and turnover volatility), the higher stock index return in developing countries. Conversely, the market liquidity (trading volume, turnover ratio, turnover volatility) corresponds negatively with return in the developed countries. During the crisis, however, the relationship between market liquidity and return show mixed results. While trading volume and turnover stays positive, yet the other liquidity measures become insignificant. In particular, for developed countries, only Amihud significantly affects return. Our results are robust even after controlling dividend yield, exchange rate, and regional stock market beta.
This study contributes to the literature of asset pricing by investigating the relationship between stock indexes return in the emerging countries as well as in the developed countries and market liquidity, as proxied by multiple types of measures such as (turnover, trading volume, turnover SD ratio, and Amihud (2002) Illiquidity).
Koreas Inpayments and Outpayments with the Rest of the World: Is There Room for Currency Manipulation?
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(2015). Koreas Inpayments and Outpayments with the Rest of the World: Is There Room for Currency Manipulation?. Asian Economic and Financial Review, 5(1): 12-32. DOI: 10.18488/journal.aefr/2015.5.1/220.127.116.11
In estimating the well-known Marshall-Lerner condition, researchers have used trade volume data between one country and rest of the world. To reduce aggregation bias in these studies, it is proposed to use trade data at commodity level. However, due to lack of import and export prices to obtain trade volume at commodity level, researchers have used trade values instead. These value models are used to assess the direct impact of currency depreciation on inpayments and outpayments of an industry. In this paper we assess the sensitivity of inpayments and outayments of 148 Korean industries that trade with the rest of the world. We were able to identify 20 Korean exporting industries and 38 importing industries that will benefit from won depreciation in the long run.
The Capital Investment Increases and Stock Returns
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(2015). The Capital Investment Increases and Stock Returns. Asian Economic and Financial Review, 5(1): 1-11. DOI: 10.18488/journal.aefr/2015.5.1/18.104.22.168
This paper applies free cash flow and information asymmetry hypotheses to investigate whether managers pursuit their private benefits by using capital investment expenditure (hereafter CI) increases or not, and to explore whether managers decrease CI as more dividend payments under information asymmetry hypothesis. Consequently, the present study investigates the effect of CI increases on abnormal stock returns of Taiwanese listed firms. The empirical results show that during full period and the post financial tsunami period, the effects of an increase in CI on stocks returns are positive, and the CI-spread is negative. This supports the hypothesis of information asymmetry. However, in the electronics industry during the entire study period and the post financial tsunami period, the expenditure of low CI tends to support free cash flow hypothesis but that of high CI supports the hypothesis of information asymmetry.
The paper’s primary contribution is that during full period and the post financial tsunami period, the effects of an increase in capital investment expenditure (CI) on stocks returns are positive, and the CI-spread is negative.