Do Economics Journal Archives Promote Replicable Research?

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B.D. McCullough

Drexel University - Department of Decision Sciences

Kerry Anne McGeary

Ball State University - Department of Economics

Teresa D. Harrison

Drexel University - Department of Economics & International Business

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Abstract

All the long-standing archives at economics journals do not facilitate the reproduction of published results. The data-only archives at Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and Economic Journal fail in part because most authors do not contribute data. Results published in the FRB St. Louis Review can rarely be reproduced using the data+code in the journal archive. Recently created archives at top journals should avoid the mistakes of their predecessors. We categorize reasons for archives' failures and identify successful policies.

(Est-ce que les archives des revues economiques promeuvent les travaux de replication? Toutes les archives de longue date des revues economiques ne facilitent pas la replication des resultats publies. Les archives de donnees du Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, et du Economic Journal achoppent en partie parce que la plupart des auteurs ne leur confient pas leurs donnees. Les resultats publies dans la FRB St. Louis Review peuvent rarement etre repliques en utilisant les donnees et codes des archives de la revue. Les archives creees recemment par les meilleures revues devraient pouvoir eviter les erreurs de leurs predecesseurs. On categorise les raisons pour lesquelles les archives n'ont pas bien joue leur role et on identifie les politiques plus prometteuses.)

Suggested Citation

McCullough, B. D. and McGeary, Kerry Anne and Harrison, Teresa D., Do Economics Journal Archives Promote Replicable Research?. Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 1406-1420, November/novembre 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1276695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5982.2008.00509.x

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Teresa D. Harrison

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