Open Access to Data: An Ideal Professed but Not Practised
RatSWD Working Paper Series No. 215
12 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2013 Last revised: 21 Mar 2013
Date Written: February 21, 2013
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
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