Category: GUEST BLOGS


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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RICHARD ANDERSON: Replication and the Zen of Home Repair

This summer is the first since my retirement from government that I find myself without academic obligations here or abroad.  Instead, I am focused on starting to rehab a tattered house that I recently purchased jointly with one of my…

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RICHARD PALMER-JONES: Replication Talk Costs Lives: Why are economists so concerned about the reputational effects of replications?

Michael Clemens’ recent working paper “The Meaning of Failed Replications: A Review and Proposal” echoes concerns expressed by some replicatees and economists more generally Ozler, 2014, for example, about the potentially damaging effects of a claim of failed replication on…

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MAREN DUVENDACK: Replications in Economics: A Progress Report

Economists aspire to adopt practices of the natural sciences where replication is seen as a crucial and necessary activity. In the natural sciences results are seldom given much credibility unless they have been replicated. Replication contributes in a crucial way…

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