Reproducibility Certification in Economics Research
22 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2019 Last revised: 23 Sep 2019
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
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