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Replication data for: Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back

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  • Brodeur, Abel
  • Lé, Mathias
  • Sangnier, Marc
  • Zylberberg, Yanos
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  • Abstract

    Using 50,000 tests published in the AER, JPE, and QJE, we identify a residual in the distribution of tests that cannot be explained solely by journals favoring rejection of the null hypothesis. We observe a two-humped camel shape with missing p-values between 0.25 and 0.10 that can be retrieved just after the 0.05 threshold and represent 10-20 percent of marginally rejected tests. Our interpretation is that researchers inflate the value of just-rejected tests by choosing "significant" specifications. We propose a method to measure this residual and describe how it varies by article and author characteristics. (JEL A11, C13)
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    DOI: 10.1257/app.20150044 (Text)
  • Brodeur, Abel, Mathias Lé, Marc Sangnier, and Yanos Zylberberg. “Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8, no. 1 (January 2016): 1–32.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20150044 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Brodeur, Abel; Lé, Mathias; Sangnier, Marc; Zylberberg, Yanos (2016): Replication data for: Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.