Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Publication bias and the result that got away
An economist writes about his would-have-been dissertation: he gathered the data, did a regression, and found no relationship. So his dissertation was on another topic. 8 years later, he publishes the null relationship. It's refreshing to see someone talking about how publication bias affected their own research, as opposed to the studies published in epidemiology journals that suggest publication bias in macro.