Open Access Economics: To share or not to share? | Open Economics
"Last Friday, Barry Eichengreen, professor of Economics and Political Science at Berkeley, wrote about 'Open Access Economics' at the prestigious commentary, analysis and opinion page Project Syndicate, where influential professionals, politicians, economists, business leaders and Nobel laureates share opinions about current economic and political issues. He reaffirmed that indeed the results of the Reinhart and Rogoff study were used by some politicians to justify austerity measures taken by governments around the world with stifling public debt. Professor Eichengreen also criticised the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) for failing to require data and code for the 'flawed study' of the Harvard economists, which appeared first in the distinguished working paper series of NBER. In line with the discussion we started at the LSE Social Impact Blog and the New Scientist, Barry Eichengreen brought home the message that indeed the enforcement of a data availability would have made a difference in this case. At the same time, some express doubts about the need to share data and think about excuses to avoid sharing the data related to their publication. Economists at the anonymous web forum Econjobrumors.com have been joking about the best ways to avoid sharing data ... While many of the discussions on the anonymous blog are employing humour and jokes, this discussion reflects a mainstream attitude towards data sharing. It also shows how uncertain are some authors of the robustness of their results – even if they did not make any Reinhart and Rogoff excel mistakes, they are hesitating about sharing lest closer scrutiny would expose weaker methodology. Maybe more disclosure – there data can be shared – could improve the way research is done ..."