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Data and Code for: Research Transparency Is on the Rise in Economics

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Miguel, Edward (UC Berkeley)
  • Swanson, Nicholas (UC Berkeley)
  • Christensen, Garret (US Census Bureau)
  • Birke, David (UC Berkeley)
  • Wang, Zenan (UC Berkeley)
  • Paluck, Betsy Levy (Princeton)
  • Littman, Rebecca (MIT)
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Free Keywords
[Open Science; Reproducibility; , Open Science; Reproducibility; Transparency; ]
  • Abstract

    Has there been meaningful movement toward open science practices within economics in recent years? Discussions about changes in practices such as posting data and pre-registering analyses have been marked by controversy---including controversy over the extent to which change has taken place. This paper, based on the State of Social Science (3S) Survey, provides the first comprehensive assessment of awareness of, attitudes towards, perceived norms regarding, and adoption of open science practices within a broadly representative sample of scholars from economics . We observe a steep increase in adoption: as of 2017, over 90\% of scholars had used at least one such practice, rising from one quarter a decade earlier. This, however, masks substantial heterogeneity in the extent and pace of adoption by field and methodology. We also find that economists are generally aware of open science practices, and they are favorably inclined toward them, while underestimating the extent of support among their peers. Patterns are consistent with most scholars underestimating the trend toward open science in their discipline
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-03-01 / 2018-05-01
    Time Period: Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2018--Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2018 (2018)
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • Europe
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E118621
  • Swanson, Nicholas, Garret Christensen, Rebecca Littman, David Birke, Edward Miguel, Elizabeth Levy Paluck, and Zenan Wang. “Research Transparency Is on the Rise in Economics.” AEA Papers and Proceedings 110 (May 2020): 61–65.
    • ID: 10.1257/pandp.20201077 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-07-29 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-07-29

Miguel, Edward; Swanson, Nicholas; Christensen, Garret; Birke, David; Wang, Zenan et. al. (2020): Data and Code for: Research Transparency Is on the Rise in Economics. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.