nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2020‒08‒17
four papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. More replications do get published on top 5 general interest economics journal articles By Jan H. Höffler
  2. Making replicability the norm starting with oneself and depersonalizing research debates By Jan H. Höffler
  3. Gender differences in submission strategies? A survey of early-career economists By Christina Gravert; Katrine Thornfeldt Sørensen
  4. The role of Open Science in economics. Results report from an online survey among researchers in economics at German higher education institutions in 2019 By Scherp, Guido; Siegfried, Doreen; Biesenbender, Kristin; Breuer, Christian

  1. By: Jan H. Höffler
    Abstract: In their 2019 study “Replication studies in economics — How many and which papers are chosen for replication, and why?”, the authors conclude that “The replication probability is lower for articles published in top 5 economics journals.” This result is based on missampling. The authors’ own data shows that replication studies published in the top 50 economics journals refer clearly more often to studies published in the top 5 general interest journals in economics than to the other 45 economics journals.
    Keywords: Replication, Sample selection biases, Economics of science, Science policy, Economic methodology
    JEL: A14 B4 C12 C13 C83
    Date: 2020–08
  2. By: Jan H. Höffler
    Abstract: In their paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and published as a comment “How to make replication the norm” in the journal Nature in February 2018, Paul Gertler, Sebastian Galiani and Mauricio Romero write about policies of journals in the social sciences and summarize their results about the replicability of articles published in economics journals. The comment is not replicable itself although the Berkeley Initiative that also funded the research officially has a – though vague - policy on replicability and the policy of the journal Nature says “authors are required to make materials, data, code, and associated protocols promptly available to readers without undue qualifications”, and “Nature Research titles will be required to include information on whether and how others can access the underlying data.” Here I describe how to get access to better information, how to improve documentation, and suggest that depersonalization is central for progress in transparency and debates in science.
    Keywords: Replication, Data sharing
    JEL: A14 C81
    Date: 2020–08
  3. By: Christina Gravert (CEBI, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen); Katrine Thornfeldt Sørensen (CEBI, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)
    Abstract: We investigate whether the gender gap in economic publications can be explained by different submission strategies of male and female economists. We conduct an online survey among early-career economics faculty of top 50 institutions focusing on the submission trajectories of job market papers as well as personal and institutional characteristics. Our results suggest that there are no significant differences in submission strategies for this early-career sample.
    Keywords: gender bias, economists, publications, survey
    JEL: D04 D83 D91 J16
    Date: 2020–08–03
  4. By: Scherp, Guido; Siegfried, Doreen; Biesenbender, Kristin; Breuer, Christian
    Abstract: The present quantitative study addresses Open Science practices among researchers in economics at German higher education institutions. In all, the study surveyed 300 scientists from business studies, economics, business informatics, industrial engineering and other economics-related subjects taught at universities, state and private universities of applied sciences, and other higher education institutions such as distance-learning colleges or dual colleges. The study collected information about familiarity, attitude, application, barriers, incentives and support requirements.
    Keywords: Open Science,Open Science practices,Open Access,Open Data,Transparency,Science
    Date: 2020

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