nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2012‒10‒20
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. The UK research assessment exercise and the narrowing of UK economics By Lee, Frederic; Pham, Xuan; Gu, Gyun
  2. a novel dissemination and collaboration platform for executing published computational results By Christophe Hurlin; Christophe Pérignon; Victoria Stodden

  1. By: Lee, Frederic; Pham, Xuan; Gu, Gyun
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to delineate an empirically grounded, structure-causal going concern recursive model of UK economics that, in the context of the RAE and local department decision-making, explains the progressive elimination of heterodox economics, the progressive homogenization of mainstream economics from 1992 to the present, and the continued rise to dominance of a select group of departments, and indicates whether these ‘regularities’ will continue under the Research Excellence Framework selectivity exercise in 2014.
    Keywords: UK Economics; Research Assessment Exercise; Critical Realism
    JEL: B50 A14 A11
    Date: 2012–10
  2. By: Christophe Hurlin (LEO - Laboratoire d'économie d'Orleans - CNRS : UMR6221 - Université d'Orléans); Christophe Pérignon (GREGH - Groupement de Recherche et d'Etudes en Gestion à HEC - GROUPE HEC - CNRS : UMR2959); Victoria Stodden (Columbia University - Columbia University)
    Abstract: We believe computational science as practiced today suffers from a growing credibility gap - it is impossible toreplicate most of the computational results presented at conferences or published in papers today. We argue that this crisis can be addressed by the open availability of the code and data that generated the results, in other words practicing reproducible computational science. In this paper we present a new computational infrastructure called that is designed to support published articles by providing a dissemination platform for the code and data that generated the their results. Published articles are given a companion webpage on the website from which a visitor can both download the associated code and data, and execute the code in the cloud directly through the website. This permits results to be verified through the companion webpage or on a user's local system. also permits a user to upload their own data to the companion webpage to check the code by running it on novel datasets. Through the creation of "coder pages" for each contributor to, we seek to facilitate social network-like interaction. Descriptive information appears on each coder page, including demographic data and other companion pages to which they made contributions. In this paper we motivate the rationale and functionality of and outline a vision of its future.
    Keywords: reproducible research; reproducible computational science; dissemination platform; collaborative networks; cloud computing; executable papers; code sharing; data sharing; open science
    Date: 2012

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