A professor in Business Administration from a University in Sweden wrote this email regarding one of Professor Ghosh’s recent article in the Journal of Accounting and Economics. This email is being reproduced after obtaining permission from its author.

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Subject: OK, you found this, but what about…

Hello
Normally I do not send comments to authors of articles I read. But today, sitting in the south of Sweden (Kristianstad), going through many articles, since I have to revise a paper and therefor have to inspect what has happened the last year, I got my hand on your paper from Journal of Accounting and Economics 2015. And I have to send you a report of my impression and experience of your article.
Normally, when I read, I go: OK, you find this, but what about… And then, at the end of the reading, I have several ‘But what about..’ left unanswered.
With your paper, within the range of the first two pages I said:
OK, you found this, but what about…
But then you report on that, so then I say:
OK, you controlled for that, but what about…
But then you report on that, so then I say:
OK, you controlled for that, but what about…
But then you report on that, so then I say:
OK, you controlled for that, but ….eh…
And then I run out of ‘OK, but what about…?’
Normally I do not smile when I read articles, but when reading your article I smiled a lot, because I had no ‘OK, but what about…?’ left when the article ended.
So, congratulations to an excellent article. Of course I am very irritated that I will never be able to do such a strong article, but I am happy that others can do it (since then I do not have to do them).
Thanks for an amusing morning.
Sven-Olof

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Sven-Olof Yrjö Collin

Professor in Business Administration
The Corporate Governance Research Group at Linnæus University
School of Business and Economics, Linnæus University
Sweden

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