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Jonathan Libgober

Department of Economics
University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, CA 90089

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May 2020Research Registries: Facts, Myths, and Possible Improvements
with Eliot Abrams, John A. List: w27250
The past few decades have ushered in an experimental revolution in economics whereby scholars are now much more likely to generate their own data. While there are virtues associated with this movement, there are concomitant difficulties. Several scientific disciplines, including economics, have launched research registries in an effort to attenuate key inferential issues. This study assesses registries both empirically and theoretically, with a special focus on the AEA registry. We find that over 90% of randomized control trials (RCTs) in economics do not register, only 50% of the RCTs that register do so before the intervention begins, and the majority of these preregistrations are not detailed enough to significantly aid inference. Our empirical analysis further shows that using other sc...
 
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