Statistical Significance, Path Dependency, and the Culture of Journal Publication
Posted: 17 Jan 2010
Date Written: 2004
A brief introduction to the misuse and abuse of tests of statistical significance is presented. This is followed by an analysis of why such an inappropriate socially sub-optimal and inefficient practice can persist over time in the face of a multiplicity of competing peer-reviewed journals. It is argued that this practice is path dependent and represents a market failure often resulting in misleading research findings and misguided public policy. This can only be corrected by changes to institutional parameters related to publication.
Keywords: Statistical Significance, Inefficient practice, Journals, Competition, Market failure, Policy, Parameters
JEL Classification: B40, C10, D70, L00
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