Which findings should be published?

Frankel, Alexander and Kasy, Maximilian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8679-5179 (2018) Which findings should be published? Harvard University working paper, 49 p.

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Given a scarcity of journal space, what is the socially optimal rule for determining whether an empirical finding should be published?
We show that if the goal of publication is to inform the public about a policy-relevant state of the world, then one should publish extreme results. For specific policy objectives, the optimal rule may take the form of a one- or two-sided test comparing the point estimate to the prior mean. Dynamic considerations may additionally justify the publication of precise null results. If one insists on a rule for which standard inference remains valid conditional on publication, however, the publication rule must not select on the study's findings (but may still select on the study's design).

Item Type: Discussion/ Working Paper (Unspecified)
Research Units: in_Equality and Education
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 09:42
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 09:42
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4853

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