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On the Need for a Replication Journal

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  • Zimmermann, Christian

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

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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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 2015-16.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 07 Aug 2015
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2015-016
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