Working Papers, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics 01-5
Economists sometimes interpret the failure of a significance test to disconfirm a hypothesis as evidence that this hypothesis is valid. Six examples of this are cited from recent journals. But this is a as interpretation of what significance tests show. While in general it is correct that every failure to disconfirm a hypothesis adds to its credibility, the term disconfirm is defined differently for this purpose than it is in the context of significance tests.
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