Three 'Rs' of econometrics: Repetition, reproduction and replication

Laura Camfield, Richard Palmer-Jones

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Development economics has become increasingly quantified in recent years, reflecting the aspirations of economists to practise hard science. We argue that standard applied econometric methodology lacks one key feature of the claim of science to be scientific, namely replication as part of independent confirmation of findings. Replication plays a large role in understanding the confidence we can place in the quantitative studies on which much policy advice rests, which is particularly salient in a UK context given the emphasis placed on evidence-based policy-making by the UK Department for International Development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1607-1614
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number12
Early online date12 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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