How to make experimental economics research more reproducible: lessons from other disciplines and a new proposal

Zacharias Maniadis, Fabio Tufano, John A. List

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Efforts in the spirit of this special issue aim at improving the reproducibility of experimental economics, in response to the recent discussions regarding the "research reproducibility crisis." We put this endeavor in perspective by summarizing the main ways (to our knowledge) that have been proposed - by researchers from several disciplines - to alleviate the problem. We discuss the scope for economic theory to contribute to evaluating the proposals. We argue that a potential key impediment to replication is the expectation of negative reactions by the authors of the individual study, and suggest that incentives for having one's work replicated should increase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-230
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Experimental Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • False-positives
  • Replication
  • Reproducibility

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