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Pre-Analysis Plans in Economics and Political Science: Are They Working?

[Excerpts taken from the article, “Pre-analysis Plans: A Stocktaking” by George Ofosu and Daniel Posner, posted at George Ofosu’s website at the London School of Economics] “We draw a representative sample of PAPs and analyze their content to determine whether…

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Pre-Registration As a Self-Control Mechanism

[From the blog “Registering studies when all you want is a little more credibility” by Berk Ozler, posted at World Bank Blogs] “Some time ago, colleagues from World Bank (WB) operations contacted me with a request to evaluate an upcoming…

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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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How Pre-Registration Can Lead to Higher-Powered Studies and Increase Reproducibility

[From the paper “Preregistration and reproducibility” by Eirik Strømland, forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Psychology] “I present a simple model in which the research community is populated by agents who may report their results unconditionally or conditionally on statistical…

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A Course Syllabus in Social Science Replication

[From the syllabus for “POLI 229: Social Science Replication”, taught by Gareth Nellis at the University of California San Diego] “The purpose of this class is to learn how to do cutting-edge empirical research in the social sciences by replicating…

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When Pre-Registration Isn’t Practical

[From the working paper, “Sound Inference in Complicated Research: A Multi-Strategy Approach” by Sanjay Srivastava, posted at PsyArXiv Preprints] “Preregistration is effective because it creates decision independence: analytic decisions are the same regardless of the specific and potentially spurious features of…

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