Transparency, Reproducibility, and the Credibility of Economics Research

94 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2016

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Garret Chistensen

University of California, Berkeley

Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

There is growing interest in enhancing research transparency and reproducibility in economics and other scientific fields. We survey existing work on these topics within economics, and discuss the evidence suggesting that publication bias, inability to replicate, and specification searching remain widespread in the discipline. We next discuss recent progress in this area, including through improved research design, study registration and pre-analysis plans, disclosure standards, and open sharing of data and materials, drawing on experiences in both economics and other social sciences. We discuss areas where consensus is emerging on new practices, as well as approaches that remain controversial, and speculate about the most effective ways to make economics research more credible in the future.

Suggested Citation

Chistensen, Garret and Miguel, Edward, Transparency, Reproducibility, and the Credibility of Economics Research (December 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22989, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2890113

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