# Signifying nothing: reply to Hoover and Siegler

@article{Mccloskey2008SignifyingNR, title={Signifying nothing: reply to Hoover and Siegler}, author={Deirdre Mccloskey and Stephen Thomas Ziliak}, journal={Journal of Economic Methodology}, year={2008}, volume={15}, pages={39 - 55} }

After William Gosset (1876–1937), the ‘Student’ of Student's t, the best statisticians have distinguished economic (or agronomic or psychological or medical) significance from merely statistical ‘significance’ at conventional levels. A singular exception among the best was Ronald A. Fisher, who argued in the 1920s that statistical significance at the 0.05 level is a necessary and sufficient condition for establishing a scientific result. After Fisher many economists and some others – but rarely… Expand

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