The Brookings Institution

To demonstrate new ways an economics journal can help curate, visualize, and update the empirical data linked to its articles

  • Amount $225,000
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator Karen Dynan
  • Initiative Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE)
  • Year 2012
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance

Funds from this grant support a series of data-oriented improvements to the influential Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA) that will make its papers as replicable, interactive, and technologically empowered as those at the forefront of innovation in other fields. Planned improvements include adding the capacity to include new data as they arrive, thus keeping the analyses and conclusions in a paper up-to-date for years after publication. Also planned are upgrades that will enable papers to come with embedded code and interactive data visualizations that allow readers to test alternative regression specifications, change parameter settings, or adjust the time frame analyzed, all within the paper. Funds would primarily support the requisite technical updates to the BPEA website, with additional monies for user support and for incentive funds for authors who commit to making periodic updates to their data and findings.

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