• Accounting information and excess stock returns: the role of the cost of capital – new evidence from US firm-level data

      Apergis, Nicholas; Artikis, George; Eleftheriou, Sofia; Sorros, John; University of Piraeus; University of Piraeus; University of Piraeus; University of Piraeus (Taylor & Francis, 2011-10-20)
      The goal of this article is to investigate the impact of accounting information on the cost of capital as well as how the latter influences excess returns. The analysis has certain novelties: first, it extends prior works by investigating how certain components of accounting information affect stock returns through its direct effect on the cost of capital by incorporating influential components of accounting information; second, it makes use of a sample of 330 US manufacturing firms spanning the period 1990Q1 to 2009Q2, while it makes use, for the first time in this literature, of the methodology of panel cointegration. The empirical findings display that accounting information affects directly the firm's cost of capital. This, in turn, tends to exert a negative effect on the firm's excess stock returns, an empirical documentation not captured in case researchers attempt to directly link the cost of capital and excess stock returns.
    • Accounting standards convergence dynamics: International evidence from club convergence and clustering

      Apergis, Nicholas; Christou, Christina; Hassapis, Christis; University of Piraeus; University of Piraeus; University of Cyprus (Emerald, 2014-10-28)
      This paper aims to explore convergence of accounting standards across worldwide adopted measures to investigate whether countries that have not completely adopted International Accounting Standards across the globe have displayed a tendency to act so. The new panel convergence methodology, developed by Phillips and Sul (2007), is employed. The empirical findings suggest that countries form distinct convergent clubs, albeit on a limited prevalence, yielding support to the notion that on a global basis firms and countries have initiated processes that will eventually lead them to a uniform pattern of employing common accounting standards.
    • The adoption of multiple certification standards: perceived performance implications of quality, environmental and health & safety certifications

      Wiengarten, Frank; Humphreys, Paul; Onofrei, George; Fynes, Brian; wiengarten; University College Dublin; Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences, ESADE Business School, Sant Cugat, Spain; Department of Management & Leadership, Ulster University Business School, Newtownabbey, UK; Department of Business Studies, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, Ireland; School of Business, UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School, Blackrock, Ireland (2016-09-30)
      This study assesses the combined impact of multiple certifications (i.e., ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001) on perceived performance dimensions related to quality, environmental and occupational health and safety. Using survey data collected from 59 Irish manufacturing plants in 2014 we employed MANCOVA and regression analysis to test our proposed hypothesis. The results suggest that companies that are simultaneously ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified are significantly better performers with regard to environmental and occupational health and safety compared to companies without multiple certifications. However, from a perceived quality performance perspective having these multiple certifications doesn’t seem to be an effective performance improvement tool.
    • Agriculture, trade openness and emissions: an empirical analysis and policy options.

      Rafiq, Shudhasattwa; Salim, Ruhul; Apergis, Nicholas; Deakin University; Curtin University; Northumbria University (Wiley, 2015-11-05)
      This article investigates the impact of sectoral production allocation, energy usage patterns and trade openness on pollutant emissions in a panel consisting of high‐, medium‐ and low‐income countries. Extended STIRPAT (Stochastic Impact by Regression on Population, Affluence and Technology) and EKC (Environmental Kuznets Curve) models are conducted to systematically identify these factors driving CO2 emissions in these countries during the period 1980–2010. To this end, the study employs three different heterogeneous, dynamic mean group‐type linear panel models and one nonlinear panel data estimation procedure that allows for cross‐sectional dependence. While affluence, nonrenewable energy consumption and energy intensity variables are found to drive pollutant emissions in linear models, population is also found to be a significant driver in the nonlinear model. Both service sector and agricultural value‐added levels play a significant role in reducing pollution levels, whereas industrialisation increases pollution levels. Although the linear model fails to track any significant impact of trade openness, the nonlinear model finds trade liberalisation to significantly affect emission reduction levels. All of these results suggest that economic development, and especially industrialisation strategies and environmental policies, need to be coordinated to play a greater role in emission reduction due to trade liberalisation.
    • Aligning talent management with approaches to equality and diversity: challenges for UK public sector managers

      Harris, Lynette; Foster, Carley; Nottingham Trent University (EmeraldBingley, 2010)
    • Aligning teaching and practice: a qualitative study of marketing in SMEs

      Resnick, Sheilagh; Cheng, Ranis; Foster, Carley; Brindley, Clare; Nottingham Trent University (2010)
    • Aligning teaching and practice: a study of SME marketing

      Resnick, Sheilagh; Cheng, Ranis; Brindley, Clare; Foster, Carley; Nottingham Trent University (Emerald, 2011)
      Purpose – This study aims to explore the role of marketing in small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) and to consider how amendments can be made to the UK higher education (HE) teaching curriculum to inform marketing teaching and learning around a small business context. Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative, exploratory approach using semi‐structured in‐depth interviews amongst ten owners of SMEs in the East Midlands region of the UK was used. Findings – Marketing in SMEs is centred on customer engagement, networking and word of mouth communication. HE academic institutions should take account of these findings and work towards introducing SME‐specific marketing material in its teaching and learning curricula. Research limitations/implications – This study uses a small number of SME companies in one region and therefore the generalisability of the findings may be limited. Further research could extend the number of SME companies and to other regions of the UK. Practical implications – The findings have a bearing on the UK HE marketing curriculum. This study offers insights into how the marketing curriculum in HE needs to be adapted in light of the findings to ensure marketing graduates are equipped to enter SME employment. Originality/value – Studies aligning how marketing in SMEs is practiced compared to HE teaching curriculum are limited. This research contributes to the body of literature by further exploring the characteristics and marketing activities of SMEs and highlighting the need to align teaching and practice of marketing in UK HE institutions.
    • An application of nonparametric regression to missing data in large market surveys

      Madden, Gary; Apergis, Nicholas; Rappoport, Paul; Banerjee, Anniruddha; Curtin University; University of Piraeus; Temple University; Advance Analytics (Taylor & Francis, 2017-09-01)
      Non-response (or missing data) is often encountered in large-scale surveys. To enable the behavioural analysis of these data sets, statistical treatments are commonly applied to complete or remove these data. However, the correctness of such procedures critically depends on the nature of the underlying missingness generation process. Clearly, the efficacy of applying either case deletion or imputation procedures rests on the unknown missingness generation mechanism. The contribution of this paper is twofold. The study is the first to propose a simple sequential method to attempt to identify the form of missingness. Second, the effectiveness of the tests is assessed by generating (experimentally) nine missing data sets by imposed MCAR, MAR and NMAR processes, with data removed.
    • Arabic social and cultural influences on aberrant consumer behaviour: an exploratory study of Libyan marketers

      Abdelhadi, A.; Foster, Carley; Whysall, P.; Nottingham Trent University (2013)
      This paper examines the effect of Arabic social and cultural factors on adopting aberrant consumer behaviour (ACB) in Libya. The data was collected by conducting personal interviews with 26 marketers in Libya. The findings indicate that the Arabic social and cultural environment enforces some limitations on ACB control and prevention practices. These limitations have provided an opportunity for some Libyan consumers to engage in ACB. However, this paper goes on to explore some unique alternative ACB controlling and preventative practices used by Libyan marketers which are considered socially acceptable.
    • ARCH effects and cointegration: Is the foreign exchange market efficient?

      Apergis, Nicholas; Alexakis, Panagiotis; University of Macedonia; University of the Aegean (Elsevier, 1996-05)
      Extensive empirical work has produced mixed evidence regarding the validity of the unbiased efficient expectations hypothesis in the foreign exchange market. Empirical analysis in this paper, via cointegration techniques, produces the same inconclusive results for three currency markets, namely, the FFR/$US, the DM/$US and the Yen/$US foreign exchange market. However, when modeling conditional heteroskedasticity of exchange rates, through autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (ARCH) models, the results are fairly conclusive; the presence of the efficient foreign exchange market hypothesis is found in all these three currency markets.
    • Are shocks to natural gas consumption temporary or permanent? Evidence from a panel of U.S. states

      Apergis, Nicholas; Loomis, David; Payne, James; University of Piraeus; Illinois State University; Illinois State University (Elsevier, 2010-08)
      This short communication examines whether or not U.S. natural gas consumption follows a stationary process. Unlike previous research that has focused on regional country or industrial sector-based panel studies, this study undertakes a sub-national investigation of natural gas consumption for the 50 U.S. states. Levin et al. (2002), Im et al. (2003), Maddala and Wu (1999), and Hadri (2000) panel unit root and stationarity tests reveal that natural gas consumption is integrated of order one. However, once allowance is made for endogenously determined structural breaks, the Carrion-i-Silvestre et al. (2005), Im et al. (2005), and Westerlund (2005) panel unit root and stationarity tests indicate that natural gas consumption is integrated of order zero. Discussion of the structural breaks is briefly surveyed in relation to the natural gas industry’s response to legislative actions.
    • Asymmetric Cross‐market Volatility Spillovers: Evidence from Daily Data on Equity and Foreign Exchange Markets

      Apergis, Nicholas; Rezitis, Antonios; University of Ioannina; University of Ioannina (Wiley, 2002-12-16)
      We investigate cross‐market volatility spillover effects across New York and London foreign exchange and equity markets. By using several daily data‐sets, each relating to a different time of the day, and the generalized autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity approach, the empirical analysis found volatility spillover effects (meteor shower effects) from the foreign exchange market in London and New York to the equity market in New York and London, respectively. By contrast, the results did not show volatility spillover effects from the equity markets to the foreign exchange markets across New York and London.
    • Asymmetric information and employment: evidence from the U.S. banking sector.

      Apergis, Nicholas; Fafaliou, Irene; Stefanitsis, marinos; University of Piraeus; University of Piraeus; National Bank of Greece (Elsevier., 2016-09-22)
      The goal of this paper is to analyze and assess the role of asymmetric information for employment performance in the case of the U.S. banking industry. To this end, the analysis performs a number of methodological approaches, such as panel cointegration and long- and short-run panel causality, spanning the period 2000–2013. The findings provide evidence that asymmetric information exerts a negative effect on employment. The results remain robust after the implementation of further checks.
    • Asymmetric interest rate pass-through in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia: New evidence from selected individual banks.

      Apergis, Nicholas; Cooray, Arusha; Curtin University; University of Nottingham Malaysia (Elsevier, 2015-05-09)
      This paper provides new evidence on asymmetric interest rate pass-through in the U.S., the U.K. and the Australian economies by using the Nonlinear Auto-Regressive Distributed Lag model, central bank interest rates, lending and deposit interest rates from selected banks, spanning the period 2000–2013. The results provide evidence that corroborates the asymmetric pass-through market predictions. Robustness tests are also performed by splitting the sample period into that prior to and after the recent financial crisis. The new findings document that the asymmetric character of pass-through remains active only in the case of Australia.
    • Asymmetric oil shocks and external balances of major oil exporting and importing countries.

      Apergis, Nicholas; Sgro, Pasquale; Rafiq, Shudhasattwa; University of Piraeus; Deakin University (Elsevier., 2016-03-12)
      This study investigates the effects of oil price shocks on three measures of oil exporters' and oil importers' external balances: total trade balance, oil trade balance and non-oil trade balance. We employ three second-generation heterogeneous linear panel models and one recently developed non-linear panel estimation technique that allows for cross-sectional dependence. With respect to 28 major oil exporting countries, an increase in oil prices leads to an improved real oil trade balance, although it is detrimental to non-oil and total trade balances. This finding might be due to the expenditure effect arising from increases in proceeds from oil exports. A decrease in oil prices is found to be beneficial for both total and oil trade balances in these oil exporting countries. Forty major oil importers seem to be increasingly shielded from positive oil shocks over the 1970s and 1980s; however, they must worry about oil price declines. A decline in oil prices has a negative impact on both total and real oil trade balances resulting from increased oil imports in emerging economies. Hence, a decline in oil prices is beneficial to oil exporters due to the quantity effect outweighing the price effect, while for oil importers a stable oil price is more desirable than a price decline. These results are important to take into account if we are to gain a full understanding on the magnitude of the trade and macroeconomic effects of oil price changes and what the policy responses should be.
    • Attitudes towards shoplifting: a preliminary cross-cultural study of consumers

      Abdelhadi, A.; Foster, Carley; Whysall, P.; Rawwas, M.; Nottingham Trent University (2013)
      Shoplifting has a substantial impact on retailers, consumers and wider society, yet we know very little about people‟s attitudes towards this behaviour, especially from a non-Western perspective. A better understanding of consumer misbehaviour in Arabic countries would therefore be of particular interest as such societies represent a new market for global retailers. The aim of this paper, therefore, is to explore the initial results of consumers‟ attitudes towards shoplifting from a cross-cultural perspective. Preliminary analysis of 529 questionnaire responses from UK, US and Libyan consumers finds that attitudes towards shoplifting are broadly similar despite the different cultural and retail contexts. However, on closer inspection these findings suggest interesting disparities between the countries in relation to attitudes towards the consequences of shoplifting, the impact it has on the social networks of the perpetrator and whether the demographics of the shoplifter play a role in the decision to punish the offender.
    • Attracting talent - the employer branding dimension

      Foster, Carley; Tansley, Carole; Nottingham Trent University (2008)
    • Attracting talent: the employer branding dimension

      Foster, Carley; Tansley, Carole; Nottingham Trent University (2007)
    • The bank lending channel and monetary policy rules for Eurozone banks: further extensions

      Apergis, Nicholas; Miller, Stephen; Alevizopoulou, Effrosyni; Curtin University; University of Nevada Las Vegas; University of Piraeus (De Gruyter, 2014-06-12)
      The monetary authorities affect macroeconomic activity through various channels of influence. This paper examines the bank lending channel, which considers how central bank actions affect the loan supply through its main indicator of policy, the real short-term interest rate. This paper employs the endogenously determined target interest rate, emanating from the European Central Bank’s monetary policy rule, to examine the operation of the bank lending channel. Furthermore, it examines whether different bank-specific characteristics affect how Eurozone banks react to monetary shocks. That is, do sounder banks react more to the monetary policy rule than less-sound banks? The paper finds evidence of an active and statistically and economically significant bank lending channel for the Eurozone between 2000 and 2009.
    • Banking development and energy consumption: Evidence from a panel of Middle Eastern countries

      Aslan, Alper; Apergis, Nicholas; Topcu, Mert; Nevsehir University; Curtin University; Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University (Elsevier, 2014-06-21)
      Since the late 1990s, much scholarly work has been done in the field of energy economics on the nexus between economic growth and energy consumption. Over the last decade, however, the literature has been recompiled through examining the relationship between energy consumption and a set of variables by referring to the implicit role of economic growth. Based upon finance-energy nexus, this paper attempts to investigate the linkage between the banking development and energy consumption for a panel of seven Middle Eastern countries using panel cointegration and causality techniques over the period 1980–2011. Panel cointegration results show a long-run relationship between energy consumption, income, energy prices and banking sector development indicators. FMOLS (Fully Modified OLS) results reveal that all banking sector indicators affect energy demand positively in the long-run and the impact range falls between 0.169 and 0.396. In terms of causality, there is evidence of a one way short-run relationship from banking expansion to energy consumption while long-run dynamics indicate a bi-directional feedback relationship. These results have some implications for energy and environmental policy. One main implication is that energy conservation policies may be implemented with little or no adverse impact on financial development in the short-run whereas they might become detrimental in the long-run.