Category: NEWS & EVENTS


Is Economic Research Replicable? Study Concludes: “Usually Not”

In a recent working paper, authors ANDREW CHANG and PHILLIP LI examined 60 published, empirical papers in 13 economics journals to determine whether the research could be replicated.  Less than half of the papers could be replicated, even with help from…

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Science Journal Argues that Requiring Transparency Inhibits “Creativity and Novelty”. Really?

In a recent editorial, the journal Epidemiology argues that committing to a set of standards known at the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines would, among other things, inhibit “creativity and novelty.”  Instead, the journal says, “We intend to soon ask…

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AEA To Have a Session on “Replications in Economics” at the Annual Meeting in January 2016

The upcoming annual meeting of the American Economic Association will be held in San Francisco on January 3-5, 2016. The preliminary program was recently released and features a session on “Replications in Economics.”  To learn more, click here.

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Should Journals Publish Self-Replications?

This article from Discover highlights a self-replication by leading researchers investigating the relationship between oxytocin and trust.  These researchers reported not being able to replicate their own, previously published study.  Click here to read the article.  While the subject itself…

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You Say Replication. I say Meta-analysis.

In this article from Time Higher Education, WOLFGANG STROEBE and MILES HEWSTONE ask “What have we learned from the Reproducibility Project?”  The short answer is — in their opinion — not much.  Instead, they argue that the replicating researchers would have…

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Failed Replications: Crisis? Or Proof that Science is Working?

This item is a twofer.  In a New York Times op-ed piece, LISA FELDMAN BARRETT argues that failed replications are exactly what you should expect when science is doing its job.  Rather than a cause of concern, it is proof…

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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…

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But Not as Good as Psychologists?

The website FiveThirtyEight has a thoughtful post reflecting on the recent study in psychology in which 100 experimental studies were replicated . At least two points are worth highlighting.  First, despite the concern about p-hacking, it turns out that one…

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We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us

FROM THE ARTICLE: “We studied publication bias in the social sciences by analyzing a known population of conducted studies—221 in total—in which there is a full accounting of what is published and unpublished. … Strong results are 40 percentage points more…

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Results from a Massive Study on Replication of Psychology Research

FROM THE ARTICLE: “We conducted replications of 100 experimental and correlational studies published in three psychology journals using high-powered designs and original materials when available. Replication effects were half the magnitude of original effects, representing a substantial decline. Ninety-seven percent…

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