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Nov 8, 2021 14 tweets 3 min read
On a tangent: we get this question regularly - how to prepare replication packages for papers that used confidential data (here: by statistical agencies). A really short thread. The very general answer is: The guidance is the same as for any other paper, including with public data: describe where the data came from, describe how others can get the data, provide all the code, describe how to run code, create README for it all.
Apr 9, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
A short thread (PSA) on a FOC (frequently occurring problem) that shouldn't be one: file paths in statistical software. Comment in a recent reply to one of our replication reports (note: this was not actually a problem):

"We use a HPC and a Linux environment. Therefore, the folders are separated by / and not \ . This might
create problems if working with Windows."

Actually, it does not!
Feb 10, 2021 13 tweets 5 min read
A note on reproducible GIS by economists: it's mostly absent. Here are some tips. Reproducibility means that the inputs and methods can be repeated by a (somewhat) knowledgeable person. For GIS, that *might* (should) mean code, but it *definitely* means at least SOME instructions. Even if they are manual....
Dec 8, 2020 14 tweets 5 min read
We have released the first version of a template README for social sciences.… Joint work with @RevEconStud (@korenmiklos), @EJ_RES (Joan Llull) and @CanEconomics Journal (Marie Connolly). We encourage use at @AEAjournals immediately, and will start to verify usage in May 2021.
Jun 30, 2020 15 tweets 4 min read
An example of reproducibility checking when data is restricted-access (or "reproducibility checking is hard, but never impossible"). I want to highlight a recent article in the @AEAjournals Economic Policy:
Leung, Pauline, and Christopher O'Leary. 2020. "Unemployment Insurance and Means-Tested Program Interactions: Evidence from Administrative Data."… Image