oa Alternation - On the value of survey-based research in finance

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The survey method is in wide use; its development and application influence the social sciences profoundly. Still the acceptance of the method is far less in Finance than other business disciplines. Many do not consider the technique equal to other types of original research and circumscribe a complimentary, if any, role to it. This paper posits that this disjunction arises due to differences between academic approaches to finance from that of practitioners. Editors screen survey papers more rigorously as they report that poor execution or analysis of results often affect the quality of such papers. This paper offers three principles for increasing its reliability: survey narrowly defined constructs formed outside of or existing prior to theory; only descriptionbe a hypothesized variable as driving a result where sound prior theoretical arguments for that relation exist; limit the unit of analysis to the sample frame.

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