Massachusetts Institute of Technology

To improve the credibility of empirical economics by turning best-practices for research transparency into common practice for research practitioners

  • Amount $485,000
  • City Cambridge, MA
  • Investigator Esther Duflo
  • Initiative Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE)
  • Year 2016
  • Program Economics
  • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance

This grant supports an initiative by Esther Duflo at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) to infuse more rigorous methodology into empirical economics. Mobilizing J-PAL’s formidable research and training programs, Duflo will promote practices such as preregistration of experiment plans; prepublication re-analysis of results; and open sharing of datasets, code, and supporting documentation. Funded activities include a series of graduate fellowships for economics students who work on enhancing reproducibility and the development with MIT of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on best economics research practices.

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