A Brief History of Replication Efforts

FROM THE ARTICLE: “Worries about irreproducibility – when researchers find it impossible to reproduce the results of an experiment when it is rerun under the same conditions – came to the fore again last week when a landmark effort to reproduce the findings of 100 recent papers in psychology failed in more than half the cases.  But the concerns are not new.”  The article goes on to offer a brief history of replication efforts.  Two takeaways: (i) Interest in replications has accelerated in recent years.  (ii) Economics as a field is not even mentioned in the article.  This despite the fact that many of the obstacles to undertaking replications (cost of lab experiments, etc.) are largely irrelevant in economics. To read more, click here.

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