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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Despite evidence to the contrary, the American Economic Review concluded that all was well with its archive

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  • McCullough, Bruce D.

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In 2011, the Annual Report of the Editor of the American Economic Review reported that the journal's data-code archive was functioning well, and made no changes in the archive rules. This was based on an audit of the archive that the editor has commissioned. The audit was performed by a graduate student who apparently had no experience with archives, and the audit concluded that all was largely well with the archive. In point of fact, all was not well with the archive: the archive did not support the publication of reproducible research. The rules for the archive should have been changed and were not; thus the American Economic Review continued to publish articles that were not reproducible. The cause of reproducible research was set back many years.

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  • McCullough, Bruce D., 2017. "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Despite evidence to the contrary, the American Economic Review concluded that all was well with its archive," Economics Discussion Papers 2017-78, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwedp:201778
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    Replication; reproducible research;

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    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General

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