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Is there a confidence interval for that? A critical examination of null outcome reporting in accounting research

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Title:Is there a confidence interval for that? A critical examination of null outcome reporting in accounting research
Authors:Cready, William
He, Jiapeng
Lin, Wenwei
Shao, Chengdao
Wang, Di
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Keywords:Methodology
Null Hypotheses
Accounting (Research) Quality
Date Issued:02 Aug 2018
Abstract:This study evaluates how null outcomes are analyzed and reported by accounting researchers based on an examination of two years of publications in The Accounting Review. As null outcomes reflect an inability to reject a null they, unlike rejections, do not lend themselves to specifically conclusive interpretations. Rather, substantive descriptive analyses are needed to draw useful inferences from such outcomes. In the 35 articles we identify as presenting substantive null outcomes, however, inappropriately conclusive interpretations of these outcomes border on monolithic while scant attention is given to providing the descriptive analyses needed to draw useful insights from them. Moreover, these deficiencies span articles published across all of the major accounting research areas (i.e., financial, managerial, audit, and tax) and encompass both archival and experimental designs. The analysis also proposes the use of descriptive techniques, particularly interval based analyses (e.g., Dyckman and Zeff, 2014; Dyckman, 2016)), as a desriable alternative for interpreting null outcomes.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/59250
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