Reproducibility Certification in Economics Research

22 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2019 Last revised: 23 Sep 2019

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Christophe Hurlin

University of Orleans

Christophe Perignon

HEC Paris - Finance Department

Date Written: July 12, 2019


Reproducibility is key for building trust in research, yet it is not widespread in economics. We show how external certification can improve reproducibility in economics research. Such certification can be conducted by a trusted third party or agency, which formally tests whether a given result is indeed generated by the code and data used by a researcher. This additional validation step significantly enriches the peer-review process, without adding an extra burden on journals or unduly lengthening the publication process. We show that external certification can accommodate research based on confidential data. Lastly, we present an actual example of external certification.

Keywords: peer-review process, data availability policy, open science, confidential data, replicability

JEL Classification: C80, C81, C88

Suggested Citation

Hurlin, Christophe and Perignon, Christophe, Reproducibility Certification in Economics Research (July 12, 2019). HEC Paris Research Paper No. FIN-2019-1345. Available at SSRN: or

Christophe Hurlin

University of Orleans ( email )

Université d'Orléans
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Christophe Perignon (Contact Author)

HEC Paris - Finance Department ( email )

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Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, 78351

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