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Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research

Miguel, E. and Camerer, C. and Casey, K. and Cohen, J. and Esterling, K. M. and Gerber, A. and Glennerster, R. and Green, D. P. and Humphreys, M. and Imbens, G. and Laitin, D. and Madon, T. and Nelson, L. and Nosek, B. A. and Petersen, M. and Sedlmayr, R. and Simmons, J. P. and Simonsohn, U. and Van der Laan, M. (2014) Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research. Science, 343 (6166). pp. 30-31. ISSN 0036-8075. PMCID PMC4103621. doi:10.1126/science.1245317.

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There is growing appreciation for the advantages of experimentation in the social sciences. Policy-relevant claims that in the past were backed by theoretical arguments and inconclusive correlations are now being investigated using more credible methods. Changes have been particularly pronounced in development economics, where hundreds of randomized trials have been carried out over the last decade. When experimentation is difficult or impossible, researchers are using quasi-experimental designs. Governments and advocacy groups display a growing appetite for evidence-based policy-making. In 2005, Mexico established an independent government agency to rigorously evaluate social programs, and in 2012, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget advised federal agencies to present evidence from randomized program evaluations in budget requests (1, 2).

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Additional Information:© 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science. We thank C. Christiano, M. Kremer, G. Kroll, J. Wang, and seminar participants for comments.
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Official Citation:Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research. BY E. MIGUEL, C. CAMERER, K. CASEY, J. COHEN, K. M. ESTERLING, A. GERBER, R. GLENNERSTER, D. P. GREEN, M. HUMPHREYS, G. IMBENS, D. LAITIN, T. MADON, L. NELSON, B. A. NOSEK, M. PETERSEN, R. SEDLMAYR, J. P. SIMMONS, U. SIMONSOHN, M. VAN DER LAAN. SCIENCE 03 JAN 2014: 30-31; doi: 10.1126/science.1245317
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