Category: GUEST BLOGS


MICHELE NUIJTEN: The Replication Paradox

Lately, there has been a lot of attention for the excess of false positive and exaggerated findings in the published scientific literature. In many different fields there are reports of an impossibly high rate of statistically significant findings, and studies…

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JOHN COCHRANE: Secret Data

(REPOST FROM JOHN COCHRANE’S BLOG, THE GRUMPY ECONOMIST) On replication in economics. Just in time for bar-room discussions at the annual meetings. “I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.”   –Fermat…

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GARRET CHRISTENSEN: An Introduction to BITSS

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) was formed in late 2012 after a meeting in Berkeley that led to the publication of an article in Science on ways to increase transparency and improve reproducibility in research across the social sciences. BITSS…

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ETIENNE LEBEL: Introducing “CurateScience.Org”

It is my pleasure to introduce Curate Science (http://CurateScience.org) to The Replication Network. Curate Science is a web application that aims to facilitate and incentivize the curation and verification of empirical results in the social sciences (initial focus in Psychology)….

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BENJAMIN WOOD and ANNETTE BROWN: What 3ie Is Doing in the Replication Business

What’s the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) doing in the replication business? 3ie is mostly known in the development community as a funder of impact evaluations and systematic reviews. But our leadership always envisioned a role for replication research…

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SVEN VLAEMINCK: Data Policies at Economics Journals: Theory and Practice

In economic sciences, empirically-based studies have become increasingly important: According to Hamermesh (2012), the number of contributions to journals in which authors utilized self-collected or externally produced datasets for statistical analyses have massively increased in the course of the last…

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ARJEN VAN WITTELOOSTUIJN: A Manifesto, and a Petition

Science is a community of human beings of the homo sapiens species: bipedals with the capacity to be self-reflexive. This implies that science as a community is subject to all the same behavioral patterns that all human communities are, including…

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JOOP HARTOG: Yes, the tide is turning!

In 1981 I was appointed as a professor of economics at the University of Amsterdam. One of my colleagues was Joop Klant, professor of economic methodology. When he retired, in 1986, at the farewell dinner, he reminded us of his…

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EDWARD LEAMER: On Econometrics in the Basement, the Bayesian Approach, and the Leamer-Rosenthal Prize

(THIS BLOG IS REPOSTED FROM THE BITSS WEBSITE) I became interested in methodological issues as a University of Michigan graduate student from 1967 to 1970, watching the economics faculty build an econometric macro model in the basement of the building (The…

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B.D.MCCULLOUGH: The Reason so Few Replications Get Published Is….

When preparing to give a talk at a conference recently, I decided to update some information I had published a few years ago.  In McCullough (2009), I estimated that 16 economics journals had a mandatory data/code archive (archives that require…

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