Viewpoint: Replication in Economics

19 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2007  

Daniel S. Hamermesh

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This examination of the role and potential for replication in economics points out the paucity of both pure replication - checking on others' published papers using their data - and scientific replication - using data representing different populations in one's own work or in a comment. Several controversies in empirical economics are used to illustrate how and how not to behave when replicating others' work. The incentives for replication are examined, and proposals aimed at journal editors and authors are advanced that might stimulate an activity that most economists applaud but few perform.

Suggested Citation

Hamermesh, Daniel S., Viewpoint: Replication in Economics. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 715-733, August 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.00428.x

Daniel S. Hamermesh (Contact Author)

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