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Open Access to Data: An Ideal Professed but Not Practised

12 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2013 Last revised: 21 Mar 2013

Patrick Andreoli Versbach

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - Faculty of Economics

Frank Mueller-Langer

European Commission, Joint Research Center; Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

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Date Written: February 21, 2013

Abstract

We provide evidence for the status quo in economics with respect to data sharing using a unique data set with 488 hand-collected observations randomly taken from researchers' academic webpages. Out of the sample, 435 researchers (89.14%) neither have a data&code section nor indicate whether and where their data is available. We find that 8.81% of researchers share some of their data whereas only 2.05% fully share. We run an ordered probit regression to relate the decision of researchers to share to their observable characteristics. We find that three predictors are positive and significant across specifications: being full professor, working at a higher-ranked institution and personal attitudes towards sharing as indicated by sharing other material such as lecture slides.

Keywords: Data sharing, data availability, open science

JEL Classification: B40, C80, L59

Suggested Citation

Andreoli Versbach, Patrick and Mueller-Langer, Frank, Open Access to Data: An Ideal Professed but Not Practised (February 21, 2013). RatSWD Working Paper Series No. 215; Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Competition Law Research Paper No. 13-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2224146 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2224146

Patrick Andreoli Versbach (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

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Germany

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Munich, D-80539
Germany

Frank Mueller-Langer

European Commission, Joint Research Center

Seville
Spain

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Munich
Germany

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