I have conducted 2 tests for my event study.

One is the parametric T test which rejected the null hypothesis, and my returns on event day is very significant.

However, I have conducts the non-parametric rank test. No matter using event window 1 day to 20 days, I couldn’t reject any null hypothesis. My return on the event day is way higher than the rest of the days, still it cannot reject the null hypothesis

Does anyone know what could affect on this? I have tested the normality, it is not normally distributed.

EDIT: @jbowman @EdM The event study deals with announcement returns of a large M&A transaction in the US. Data for the returns was obtained from Thomson Reuters. Assuming the data to be normally distributed I started using the market model and t-test. For the market returns I use the S&P 500 index. I use different event windows to see if for example, insider trading occurs before the event date. My estimation window is 220 days, event window in the largest specification 41 days.

The non-parametric rank test is the Corrado test, based on his paper from 1989 (see link below). I use this test since it is easily implemented in Excel, and it was recommended by my finance lecture as check for parametric tests. In the Corrado test abnormal returns obtained from the market model are ranked and compared to the average return.

On the announcement date I have large abnormal returns (31%) that are highly statistically significant at the 1% level (t-value 16.4). The abnormal return on the event date is ranked 1st, however for the announcement date I only obtain a p-value of 8%. Therefore, I wonder why a return ranked first, is not significant at conventional levels. I have checked my calculation multiple times, and do not think i have made an error. The file provided by my university shows similar results for announcement returns of another company, that has large abnormal returns on the announcement date. If I extend the event window, with multiple extreme returns occurring after another, the rank test becomes significant.

Corrado (1989):https://econpapers.repec.org/article/eeejfinec/v_3a23_3ay_3a1989_3ai_3a2_3ap_3a385-395.htm

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    $\begingroup$ If you could expand somewhat on how you set up the rank test, how much data you have, and what it is, that would help a lot! $\endgroup$
    – jbowman
    Dec 28, 2019 at 17:00
  • $\begingroup$ What type of correction for multiple testing are you using to deal with different event windows? $\endgroup$
    – Michael M
    Dec 28, 2019 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ When you provide the information requested in the comments above, please say more about what you mean by an "event study," an "event day" and an "event window." Some types of "event" data are handled better by survival analysis than by t-tests. $\endgroup$
    – EdM
    Dec 28, 2019 at 17:47


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