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BITSS to Offer Short Course on Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training in Washington DC, September 11-13, 2019

[From an announcement on the BITSS website] “Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) provides participants with an overview of tools and best practices for transparent and reproducible social science research.”  “RT2 is designed for researchers in the social and health sciences,…

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Wondering How to Write a Pre-Analysis Plan? Simulate it.

[From the blog “Better pre-analysis plans through design declaration and diagnosis” by Graeme Blair, Jasper Cooper, Alexander Coppock, and Macartan Humphreys, posted at BITSS] “Pre-analysis plans (PAPs) are used by researchers to register a set of analyses before they learn…

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Open Policy Analysis Applied to the Warren Wealth Tax Plan: A Very Cool Initiative!

[From the blog, “Opening up the analysis behind Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax plan” posted at BITSS] “Senator Elizabeth Warren declared her 2020 presidential bid on a platform based on policies to rebuild the American middle-class. A key part of her…

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Changes in Open Science Practices Over Time in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology

[From a talk by Betsy Levy Paluck entitled “Open Science Practices are on the Rise Across Four Social Science Disciplines”, based on research with co-authors David Birke, Garret Christensen, Rebecca Littman, Ted Miguel, & Zenan Wang, presented at the annual meeting of BITSS]…

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Update on the Journal of Development Economics’ Pilot on Pre-Results Review

[From the blog by David McKenzie, “A few catch-up links”, posted at Development Impact] “At the BITSS conference, Andrew Foster … gave an update of the JDE’s pilot of registered reports/pre-results review. Some points he noted:” – “They see this process…

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Pre-Results Review at the Journal of Development Economics: An Early Review

[From the article “Pre-results review at the Journal of Development Economics: Taking transparency in the discipline to the next level” by Aleksandar Bogdanoski and Keesler Welch, published at the blogsite of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)] “Earlier this…

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Open Data. Open Policy.

[From the blog “A Great Day for Open Policy Analysis” by Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (BITSS Postdoc) posted at http://www.bitss.org%5D “Earlier this year, I headed over to the CBO [U.S. Congressional Budget Office] to share my efforts to “reverse engineer”…

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Does the Conclusion of Your Empirical Paper Have This?

It is common for authors of empirical studies to use the conclusion of their paper to summarize their empirical findings, without explicitly discussing why their results might differ from previous studies, nor suggesting ways to resolve observed discrepancies. In a…

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BITSS: Journal of Development Economics Pilots Pre-Results Review

The Journal of Development Economics (JDE) is piloting a new approach in which authors have the opportunity to submit empirical research designs for review and approval before the results of the study are known. While the JDE is the first…

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Progress in Publishing Negative Results?

[From the working paper, “Publication Bias and Editorial Statement on Negative Findings” by Cristina Blanco-Perez and Abel Brodeur] “In February 2015, the editors of eight health economics journals sent out an editorial statement which aims to reduce the incentives to…

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