Replication in Microeconomics

Paper Session

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Swissotel Chicago, Zurich D
Hosted By: American Economic Association
  • Chair: Muriel Niederle, Stanford University

Assessing the Rate of Replication in Economics

James Berry
,
Cornell University
Lucas C. Coffman
,
Ohio State University
Rania Gihleb
,
University of Pittsburgh
Douglas Hanley
,
University of Pittsburgh
Alistair J. Wilson
,
University of Pittsburgh

Abstract

We assess the rate of replication for empirical papers in the 2010 American Economic Review. Across seventy empirical papers, we find that 29 percent have one or more citation that partially replicates the original result. While only a minority of papers has a published replication, a majority (sixty percent) have either a replications, robustness test or an extension. Surveying authors within the literature we find substantial uncertainty over the number of extant replications.

Replications: A Proposal to Increase their Visibility and Promote them

Lucas C. Coffman
,
Ohio State University
Muriel Niederle
,
Stanford University
Alistair J. Wilson
,
University of Pittsburgh

Abstract

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JEL Classifications
  • B4 - Economic Methodology
  • C8 - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs