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Dr Samah El Hajjar

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance

Samah El Hajjar online profile


  • Market efficiency and Behavioural Finance, 
  • Evidence based policy-making, financial and green regulations, 
  • Empirical political economy/finance

Samah’s research interests are at the intersection of informational efficiency and financial regulations. Her research involves examinations of the effect of International and Pan EU regulations on behaviorally driven market inefficiency.

Her papers are published in the British Journal of Management and the Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting. She is also interested in the domain of political economy and finance, specifically in the capital market effects of local and global political shocks. Samah’s research has been presented in international academic conferences.

Samah Joined ICMA in September 2023 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance. Prior to that, Samah was Assistant professor in Finance at Northumbria University where she was involved in teaching, new module design as well as research student supervision. She also was a lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Newcastle University. Samah is experienced in teaching a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate finance modules covering topics in behavioral finance, financial economics, corporate finance, financial theory, financial derivatives, banking, international financial management and institutions, and international financial institutions, financial analysis and mathematics for business and economics.

Samah also held academic leadership positions as programme lead for Ba(hons) Business at Northumbria University and the Degree Programme Director of the Accounting and Finance BSc programme at Newcastle University and she is also a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

She welcomes PhD applications in the domains of market efficiency, behavioral finance, financial and green regulations, mergers and acquisitions and political economy.

Reference: El Hajjar, S. , Gebka, B., Duxbury, D. and Su, C. (2024) A behavioural appraisal of regulatory financial reforms and implications for corporate management. British Journal of Management, 35 (1). pp. 415-433. ISSN 1467-8551 doi:
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Reference: El Hajjar, S. , Gebka, B., Duxbury, D. and Su, C. (2024) Does religiosity affect stock investors’ herding behaviour? Global evidence. Finance Research Letters, 62 (A). 105165. ISSN 1544-6123 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Samah El Hajjar
Reference: El Hajjar, S. , Menassa, E. and Kassamany, T. (2023) An exploratory study of US acquirers’ market performance: pre- versus post- Sarbanes-Oxley act of 2002. Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, 21 (2). pp. 268-299. ISSN 1985-2517 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
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Behavioural Finance

Financial theories have traditionally assumed that rational, risk-averse investors trade in efficient and free-flowing asset markets. Academic research and practitioner experience have cast doubt on this paradigm, instead proposing that...

Module code: ICM302

Market Efficiency and Stock Market Reform: Through a Behavioral Lens with B. Gebka, D Duxbury, C. Su

• Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2019)

• European Accounting Association, Bocconi University, Milano (2018)

• British Accounting and Finance Association Conference, London (2018)

FSAP Regulations and Stock Market Herding with B. Gebka, D Duxbury, C. Su

• European Financial Management Association annual meeting: Rome (2022)

• British Accounting and Finance Association annual meeting, Nottingham (2022). Presented online

• Northumbria University finance subject group internal seminars

• Financial Management and Accounting Research Conference, Limassol (2019)

• Behavioral Finance Working Group, Queen Mary University, London (2019)

• Academy of Behavioral Finance and Economics, New York (2019)

The Effect of IFRS on Information Asymmetry: Evidence from Herding and the Sentiment- Return Relationship with B. Gebka, D Duxbury, C. Su

• Behavioral Research in Finance Group Seminar, Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2017)

U.S. Acquirers’ Market Performance: Pre- Versus Post-SOX 2002 Periods with T. Kassamany, and E. Menassa

• British Accounting and Finance Association Conference, University of Bath, Bath (2016)