False (and Missed) Discoveries in Financial Economics

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Multiple testing plagues many important questions in finance such as fund and factor selection. We propose a new way to calibrate both Type I and Type II errors. Next, using a double-bootstrap method, we establish a t-statistic hurdle that is associated with a specific false discovery rate (e.g., 5%). We also establish a hurdle that is associated with a certain acceptable ratio of misses to false discoveries (Type II error scaled by Type I error), which effectively allows for differential costs of the two types of mistakes. Evaluating current methods, we find that they lack power to detect outperforming managers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harvey, CR; Liu, Y

Published Date

  • October 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 75 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2503 - 2553

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-6261

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1082

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jofi.12951

Citation Source

  • Scopus