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A New Mechanism to Alleviate the Crises of Con?dence in Science With An Application to the Public Goods Game

Luigi Butera (), Philip Grossman (), Daniel Houser (), John List () and Marie Claire Villeval ()
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Luigi Butera: Copenhagen Business School

No 2011, Working Papers from Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon

Abstract: Recently a credibility crisis has taken hold across the social sciences, arguing that a component of Fischer (1935)’s tripod has not been fully embraced: replication. The importance of replications is not debatable scienti?cally, but researchers’ incentives are not su?cient to encourage replications. We analyze a novel mechanism promoting replications through bene?cial gains between scholars and editors. We highlight the tradeo?s involved in seeking independent replications before submission to journals, and demonstrate the operation of this method via an investigation of the e?ects of Knightian uncertainty on cooperation in public goods games, a pervasive but largely unexplored feature in the literature.

Keywords: Replication; science; public goods; uncertainty; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A11 C18 C92 D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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