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Replicating Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

 [From the blog post “Is Piketty’s Data Reliable?” by Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution] “When Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century first appeared many economists demurred on the theory but heaped praise on the empirical work. “Even if none of Piketty’s theories stands…

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IN THE NEWS: NY Times Magazine (October 18, 2017)

[From the article “When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy” by Susan Dominus at nytimes.com]  “As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at Harvard. Then, suddenly,…

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So…Do They Publish Replication Studies in Neuroscience?

[From the article “Do Neuroscience Journals Accept Replications? A Survey of the Literature,” published by Andy Yeung in the September issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience] “Recent reports in neuroscience, especially those concerning brain-injury and neuroimaging, have revealed low reproducibility…

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GRUNOW: Say Hello to IREE – A New Economics Journal Dedicated to the Publishing of Replication Studies

Replications are pivotal for the credibility of empirical economics. Evidence-based policy requires findings that are robust and reproducible. Despite this, there has been a notable absence of serious effort to establish the reliability of empirical research in economics. As Edward…

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Not One, Not Two, Not Three, But Eight Replications?

In a recent blog at Open Philanthropy Project summarizing some of his research on the effect of incarceration on crime, David Roodman conducted, count them, 8 replications. Here is what he said: “Among three dozen studies I reviewed, I obtained or reconstructed…

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GRUNOW: Notes from a Workshop: “Replications in Empirical Economics – Ways Out of the Crisis”

“Next year, this topic should not be discussed in a pre-conference workshop but in the opening plenum of the conference!” This statement by a young researcher not only concluded the workshop but also gave bright prospects to replications in Economics….

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Incentives to Replicate: Show Me the Money!

[From the article “Go Forth and Replicate: On Creating Incentives for Repeat Studies” by Michael Schulson at the web magazine Undark] “Suggested reasons for the [replication] crisis are many. Some researchers have blamed the scientific publishing culture itself …. But some…

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CHU, HENDERSON, AND WANG: US Food Aid — Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes

[NOTE: This post is based on the paper, “The Robust Relationship between US Food Aid and Civil Conflict”, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2017] Replication can often be thought of as a useful tool to train graduate students or as a…

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BUTERA: A Novel Approach for Novel Results

[NOTE: This post refers to the article “An Economic Approach to Alleviate the Crises of Confidence in Science: With an Application to the Public Goods Game” by Luigi Butera and John List.  The article is available as a working paper…

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Calling All PhD Students: Do a Replication. Get Paid.

J-PAL has been awarded a three-year grant to promote Research Transparency and Reproducibility. One primary component of this grant is to facilitate the reproducibility of 36 studies through pre-publication reanalyses, a new attempt to conduct code replications of research before…

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