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2018 BITSS Annual Meeting


BITSS held its seventh Annual Meeting on December 10, 2018 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. The event brings together leaders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss the evolving movement toward research transparency and efforts to strengthen the standards of openness and integrity in the social sciences.

The 2018 Annual Meeting featured keynote addresses by Betsy Levy Paluck (Princeton University) on preliminary results from the BITSS State of Social Sciences (3S) Study, Andrew Foster (Brown University) on the registered reports pilot at the Journal of Development Economics, a panel discussion on Open Policy Analysis, and presentations of selected research from an open Call for Papers.

The 2018 BITSS Annual Meeting is supported by the Hewlett Foundation and an anonymous donor. Please contact BITSS Program Associate Aleks Bogdanoski ( with any questions about the event.

Date and Time

Dec 10, 2018


David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA


Introduction and Reflections on Progress Achieved

Edward Miguel, CEGA/BITSS Faculty Director, UC Berkeley

Keynote: Preliminary Results from “The State of Social Science” (3S) Study
Betsy Levy Paluck, Princeton University

Methods Matter: P-Hacking and Causal Inference in Economics
Abel Brodeur, University of Ottawa

Sniff Tests in Economics: Aggregate Distribution of their of P-values and Implications for Publication Bias
Ran Zhuo, Harvard University

Which findings get published? Which findings should be published?
Maximilian Kasy, Harvard University

False Positive Poisson
William Ryan, UC Berkeley

Keynote: Results-Blind Review at the Journal of Development Economics
Andy Foster, JDE, Brown University

Functional Form Robustness: A Computational Approach
Sheridan Stewart, Stanford University

Replicating the Resource Curse: Ross (2004) and Prospects for Qualitative Replication
Megan Becker, University of Southern California

Are Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral?
Stefano DellaVigna and David Card, UC Berkeley

Replicability of One Journal: a Comprehensive View
Hautahi Kingi, IMPAQ International and Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University

Panel: Open Policy Analysis (facilitated by Fernando Hoces de la Guardia, BITSS)

  • Hilary Hoynes, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Kevin Perese, Congressional Budget Office
  • Matt Jensen, Open Source Policy Center, American Enterprise Institute
  • Josh Rosenberg, GiveWell

Open Discussion: Looking to 2019
Edward Miguel, CEGA/BITSS Faculty Director, UC Berkeley