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A New Mechanism to Alleviate the Crises of Con?dence in Science With An Application to the Public Goods Game

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  • Luigi Butera

    () (Copenhagen Business School)

  • Philip J. Grossman

    () (Monash University)

  • Daniel Houser

    () (George Mason University)

  • John A. List

    () (University of Chicago and NBER)

  • Marie Claire Villeval

    () (Univ Lyon, CNRS, GATE UMR 5824, F-69130 Ecully, France; IZA, Bonn)

Abstract

Recently a credibility crisis has taken hold across the social sciences, arguing that a component of Fischer (1935)’s tripod has not been fully embraced: replication. The importance of replications is not debatable scienti?cally, but researchers’ incentives are not su?cient to encourage replications. We analyze a novel mechanism promoting replications through bene?cial gains between scholars and editors. We highlight the tradeo?s involved in seeking independent replications before submission to journals, and demonstrate the operation of this method via an investigation of the e?ects of Knightian uncertainty on cooperation in public goods games, a pervasive but largely unexplored feature in the literature.

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  • Luigi Butera & Philip J. Grossman & Daniel Houser & John A. List & Marie Claire Villeval, 2020. "A New Mechanism to Alleviate the Crises of Con?dence in Science With An Application to the Public Goods Game," Working Papers 2011, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon.
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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • C18 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Methodolical Issues: General
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
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