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Investigating the impact of historical costing on real earnings management: an empirical study. / Ibrahim, Awad; Abdel-Azim, Mohamed.

In: International Business and Economics Research Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2, 01.03.2014, p. 387-400.

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Ibrahim, A & Abdel-Azim, M 2014, 'Investigating the impact of historical costing on real earnings management: an empirical study', International Business and Economics Research Journal, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 387-400. https://doi.org/10.19030/iber.v13i2.8455

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Ibrahim, A., & Abdel-Azim, M. (2014). Investigating the impact of historical costing on real earnings management: an empirical study. International Business and Economics Research Journal, 13(2), 387-400. https://doi.org/10.19030/iber.v13i2.8455

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Ibrahim A, Abdel-Azim M. Investigating the impact of historical costing on real earnings management: an empirical study. International Business and Economics Research Journal. 2014 Mar 1;13(2):387-400. https://doi.org/10.19030/iber.v13i2.8455

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Ibrahim, Awad ; Abdel-Azim, Mohamed. / Investigating the impact of historical costing on real earnings management: an empirical study. In: International Business and Economics Research Journal. 2014 ; Vol. 13, No. 2. pp. 387-400.

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