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On the Need for a Replication Journal

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  • Zimmermann, Christian

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

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There is very little replication of research in economics, particularly compared with other sciences. This paper argues that there is a dire need for studies that replicate research, that their scarcity is due to poor or negative rewards for replicators, and that this could be improved with a journal that exclusively publishes replication studies. I then discuss how such a journal could be organized, in particular in the face of some negative rewards some replication studies may elicit.

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  • Zimmermann, Christian, 2015. "On the Need for a Replication Journal," Working Papers 2015-16, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2015-016
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    1. Secret Data
      by John H. Cochrane in The Grumpy Economist on 2015-12-29 03:03:00
    2. JOHN COCHRANE: Secret Data
      by replicationnetwork in The Replication Network on 2015-12-31 03:24:53
    3. Econometrics Reading List for November
      by Dave Giles in Econometrics Beat: Dave Giles' Blog on 2017-11-05 23:25:00

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    1. Heinrich, Torsten, 2016. "The Narrow and the Broad Approach to Evolutionary Modeling in Economics," MPRA Paper 75797, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Chang, Andrew C. & Li, Phillip & Martin, Shawn M., 2017. "Comparing Cross-Country Estimates of Lorenz Curves Using a Dirichlet Distribution Across Estimators and Datasets," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2017-062, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US).

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    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology

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