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Does equity analyst research lack rigor and objectivity? Evidence from conference call questions and research notes

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Does equity analyst research lack rigor and objectivity? Evidence from conference call questions and research notes. / Salzedo, Catherine; Young, Steven; El-Haj, Mahmoud.

Lancaster University Management School, 2014. p. 1-50 (Department of Accounting and Finance Working Paper Series; No. AF2014/15WP01).

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Salzedo, C, Young, S & El-Haj, M 2014 'Does equity analyst research lack rigor and objectivity? Evidence from conference call questions and research notes' Department of Accounting and Finance Working Paper Series, no. AF2014/15WP01, Lancaster University Management School, pp. 1-50.

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Salzedo, C., Young, S., & El-Haj, M. (2014). Does equity analyst research lack rigor and objectivity? Evidence from conference call questions and research notes. (pp. 1-50). (Department of Accounting and Finance Working Paper Series; No. AF2014/15WP01). Lancaster University Management School.

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Salzedo C, Young S, El-Haj M. Does equity analyst research lack rigor and objectivity? Evidence from conference call questions and research notes. Lancaster University Management School. 2014 Aug 6, p. 1-50. (Department of Accounting and Finance Working Paper Series; AF2014/15WP01).

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Salzedo, Catherine ; Young, Steven ; El-Haj, Mahmoud. / Does equity analyst research lack rigor and objectivity? Evidence from conference call questions and research notes. Lancaster University Management School, 2014. pp. 1-50 (Department of Accounting and Finance Working Paper Series; AF2014/15WP01).

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