Replication and Transparency in Social Science (‘Replication Project’)

Lecture\Discussion Series, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, 2019

While scepticism remains regarding whether we are truly deep within the realms of a ‘Replication Crisis’, it is certainly worth considering just how many empirical social science papers with statistically important results are really just some version of publication bias and/or specification searching. There exists considerable evidence that several important research findings cannot be replicated, casting a shadow of doubt on the credence and value of social science as a body of scientific study. This module aims to introduce students to the realities of empirical research through the mediums of replication and open science, with the objective being the replication of a piece of recently published academic work (or closely related). The module handbook can be found here.