Comment on "Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back"

Abstract: Using a novel meta-analytical method, Brodeur et al. (2016) argue that hypothesis tests in top economic journals have exaggerated levels of statistical significance. Brodeur et al. (2020) apply the same method to another sample of hypothesis tests, obtaining similar results. We investigate the reliability of the method by highlighting questionable assumptions and compiling a dataset to examine their merits. Our findings support the original conclusions.

Keywords: Researcher bias; Research credibility; Research replicability; Z-curve;

JEL Classification: A11; C13;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Part of Series: Staff Report

Publication Date: 2021-11-18

Number: 629