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Replication studies in economics—How many and which papers are chosen for replication, and why?

Frank Mueller-Langer (), Benedikt Fecher, Dietmar Harhoff () and Gert Wagner ()

EconStor Open Access Articles, 2019, 62-83

Abstract: We investigate how often replication studies are published in empirical economics and what types of journal articles are replicated. We find that between 1974 and 2014 0.1% of publications in the top 50 economics journals were replication studies. We consider the results of published formal replication studies (whether they are negating or reinforcing) and their extent: Narrow replication studies are typically devoted to mere replication of prior work, while scientific replication studies provide a broader analysis. We find evidence that higher-impact articles and articles by authors from leading institutions are more likely to be replicated, whereas the replication probability is lower for articles that appeared in top 5 economics journals. Our analysis also suggests that mandatory data disclosure policies may have a positive effect on the incidence of replication.

Keywords: Replication; Economics of science; Science policy; Economic methodology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A1 B4 C12 C13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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