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Replication Wiki for economics

Jan Hoeffler of the University of Gottingen writes:

I have been working on a replication project funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking during the last two years and read several of your blog posts that touched the topic.

We developed a wiki website that serves as a database of empirical studies, the availability of replication material for them and of replication studies.

It can help for research as well as for teaching replication to students. We taught seminars at several faculties for which the information of this database was used. In the starting phase the focus was on some leading journals in economics, and we now cover more than 1800 empirical studies and 142 replications. Replication results can be published as replication working papers of the University of Göttingen’s Center for Statistics.

Teaching and providing access to information will raise awareness for the need for replications, provide a basis for research about the reasons why replications so often fail and how this can be changed, and educate future generations of economists about how to make research replicable.

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