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Collective Delusion In The Social Sciences: Publishing Incentives For Empirical Abuse

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  • David L. Weimer

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The implications o f the editorial bias of academic journals for the selection of articles with apparently statistically significant findings are widely recognized but largely ignored. Few worry about the incentives the publishing bias presents to researchers for empirical abuse that brings into question the basis of social science knowledge. One possible solution, desirable but probably impractical, is to review articles with statistical results and conclusions omitted. Another, more practical, approach is to guarantee journal space for replication of previously published research. Finally, editors should take greater care in warning readers about findings that implicitly make unfounded statistical claims. Copyright 1986 by The Policy Studies Organization.

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Article provided by Policy Studies Organization in its journal Review of Policy Research.

Volume (Year): 5 (1986)
Issue (Month): 4 (05)
Pages: 705-708

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Handle: RePEc:bla:revpol:v:5:y:1986:i:4:p:705-708

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  1. Randall Morck & Bernard Yeung, 2011. "Economics, History, and Causation," NBER Working Papers 16678, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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