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Reproducibility Certification in Economics Research

Abstract

Reproducibility is key for building trust in research, yet it is not widespread in economics. We show how external certification can improve reproducibility in economics research. Such certification can be conducted by a trusted third party or agency, which formally tests whether a given result is indeed generated by the code and data used by a researcher. This additional validation step significantly enriches the peer-review process, without adding an extra burden on journals or unduly lengthening the publication process. We show that external certification can accommodate research based on confidential data. Lastly, we present an actual example of external certification.

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hal-02896404 , version 1 (10-07-2020)

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Christophe Hurlin, Christophe Pérignon. Reproducibility Certification in Economics Research. 2020. ⟨hal-02896404⟩
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