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Strive towards investment efficiency among Egyptian companies: do board characteristics and information asymmetry matter?

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Strive towards investment efficiency among Egyptian companies: do board characteristics and information asymmetry matter? / Menshawy, Ibrahim M.; Basiruddin, Rohaida; Mohd‐zamil, Nor‐aiza; Hussainey, Khaled.

In: International Journal of Finance and Economics, 05.02.2021.

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Menshawy, Ibrahim M. ; Basiruddin, Rohaida ; Mohd‐zamil, Nor‐aiza ; Hussainey, Khaled. / Strive towards investment efficiency among Egyptian companies: do board characteristics and information asymmetry matter?. In: International Journal of Finance and Economics. 2021.

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