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What is Meant by ‘Replication’ and Why Does It Encounter Resistance in Economics?

Maren Duvendack, Richard Palmer-Jones and W. Reed ()

Working Papers in Economics from University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance

Abstract: This paper discusses recent trends in the use of replications in economics. We identify a number of sources of progress, including the results of recent replication studies that have attempted to identify replication rates within the discipline. These studies generally find that replication rates are relatively low, though they may be higher for laboratory experiments in economics. We also identify two web-based resources for replications, the Replication in Economics wiki and The Replication Network. We then consider obstacles to undertaking replication studies in economics. Two obstacles are the lack of publishing outlets and difficulties in obtaining data and code for published studies. We identify journals that publish replication studies and that “regularly” include data and code as supplementary files for their published research. Finally, we highlight replication initiatives in psychology and political science, behind which economics appears to lag. Whether this is because the problems that beset those disciplines are less severe in economics, or because economics is more resistant to replications, is arguable.

Keywords: Replication; data sharing; publication bias (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A1 B4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 11 pages
Date: 2016-12-02
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