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Replications in Development Economics

Sandip Sukhtankar

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 32-36

Abstract: I examine replications of empirical papers in development economics published in the top-5 and next-5 general interest journals between the years 2000 through 2015. Of the 1,138 empirical papers, 71 papers (6.2 percent) were replicated in another published paper or working paper. The majority (77.5 percent) of replications involved reanalysis of the data using different econometric specifications to assess robustness. The strongest predictor of whether a paper is replicated or not is the paper's Google Scholar citation count, followed by year of publication. Papers based on randomized control trials (RCTs) appear to be replicated at a higher rate (12.5 percent).

JEL-codes: A14 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171120
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