Dr. Maren Duvendack
School of International Development
University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom


Professor W. Robert Reed
Department of Economics and Finance
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
New Zealand

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  1. I am happy to see these efforts. I have tried numerous times to replicate others’ results – never successfully. I work a lot in policy areas, often providing expert testimony, and I have always thought that regulators should require parties to release their data if they intend to have any impact on policy. Unfortunately, this is never done. I read your recent article on the status of replication and congratulate you for undertaking this. I have a suggestion, however. It is good when journals have a data policy but it would be useful to investigate how much it is actually followed. For example, I accessed the Review of Economics and Statistics website (linked to your article) and the first 3 articles I tried to download replication data for – all were not available because the data was proprietary. I have seen similar things with the AER.

    I suppose it is good to have a policy but if the data is almost always deemed “proprietary” then it isn’t really worth that much. From my experience, that is often the case. I also note that interest in replication appears more robust outside of the US. While it is dangerous to generalize, I believe there is something to this. US economists are not much interested in replication – they make too much money without it and don’t wish to endanger their rents.


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