Replication and Transparency Workshop Jan 6-7, 2016

Garret Christensen–BITSS Project Scientist

BITSS is happy to announce a workshop on replication and transparency coming up in January, 2016 right after the AEA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Before I get to that, a reminder about our workshops in November and December.

In November, Nicole Janz (of Cambridge University and Political Science Replication) and I will be running a hands-on workshop on replication as part of the science track of Mozilla’s MozFest. The event is in London, November 6-8. The plan is to conduct a hands-on replication of a few recent papers. Using R and Stata, we will lead attendees through finding the original data and code, reproducing the results, and sharing work on the web using Dataverse and the Open Science Framework. (If anyone has examples of political science or economics papers that have publicly available R code, I’d love suggestions. The event welcomes a really wide and diverse audience, so something relatively simple like an RCT would be ideal.) We don’t know the exact schedule for our session yet, but we’re excited to be bringing BITSS across the Atlantic, and are hoping to build collaborations with Cambridge and LSE while we’re there.

In December, BITSS is hosting its annual meeting December 10-11 at the Magnes in downtown Berkeley, California. Ed Leamer and Paul Romer are confirmed speakers. We had an open call for papers and are working to finalize acceptance of those now. We will also be hearing from the winners of our Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science, as well as our SSMART grants. (Announcements on those soon!) Registration is free and open to the public.

In January, BITSS, Project TIER, Mozilla Science, and Replication Wiki are holding a workshop on replication and transparency on the 6th and 7th at Mozilla’s lovely space in downtown San Francisco, CA. The workshop is also sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Young Scholars Initiative. Speakers include Richard Ball, Johannes Pfeifer, Edward Miguel, Jan H. Höffler, and Thomas Herndon. Topics will include teaching integrity in empirical research, replication of macro-models, use of pre-analysis plans and their relationship to replication, and replication case studies. If you are in San Francisco for the AEA meetings, we encourage you to stay in town for an extra couple days and come to our workshop! Sign up here.