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Pre-analysis Plans and Study Registration in Social Science Research


This one-day meeting brought together a select group of researchers from across disciplines - including Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Statistics - to discuss the use of pre-analysis plans and study registries. The goal of the meeting was to understand the promise, as well as limitations, of recent developments in this area across different social science disciplines, and discuss possible ways forward.

This event was by invitation only.

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Date and Time

Dec 7, 2012 9:00am — 4:30pm


B100 Blum Hall

UC Berkeley


8:30-9am:  Coffee and breakfast
9-9:30am:  Welcome, introductions and overview
Ted Miguel (UC Berkeley), Kevin Esterling (UC Riverside)
9:30-10:30am:  The use of pre-analysis plans in Economics
Kate Casey (Stanford), Ben Olken (MIT)
Discussant:  Arprajit Mahajan (UCLA)
10:30-10:45am:  Coffee Break
10:45-11:45am:  Pre-specification in Statistics and Clinical trials
Maya Petersen (U.C. Berkeley), Mark van der Laan (U.C. Berkeley)
Discussant:  Bryan Graham (U.C. Berkeley)
11:45-12:45pm:  Lunch
12:45-1:45pm:  Trial registration in Political Science
Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford), David Laitin (Stanford)
Discussants:  Kevin Esterling (U.C. Riverside), Don Green (Columbia)
1:45-2:45pm:  Increasing research transparency in Psychology
Brian Nosek (University of Virginia), Leif Nelson (U.C. Berkeley)
Discussant:  Gabe Lenz (U.C. Berkeley)
2:45-3:00pm:  Coffee break
3:00-4:30pm:  Action-oriented closing session: Discussion of unresolved issues, potential work products and registration platforms
Moderators (structured discussion): Kevin Esterling (U.C. Riverside), Ted Miguel (U.C. Berkeley), Carson Christiano (U.C. Berkeley)
4:30-5:30pm:  Optional happy hour


Kevin Esterling, UC Riverside Department of Political Science (
Edward Miguel, UC Berkeley Department of Economics (


Jeanette Aguilar, UC Berkeley CEGA (

Meeting Resources

Kate Casey and Ted Miguel: Reshaping Institutions: Evidence on Aid Impacts using a Pre-analysis Plan

Alan Hubbard and Mark Van der Laan: Learning From Data

Ben Olken: J-PAL hypothesis registry website

David Laitin: Fisheries Management

Macartan Humphreys, Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, and Peter van der Windt: Fishing, Commitment, and Communication: A Proposal for Comprehensive Nonbinding Research Registration

Jeremy Weinstein: Draft Proposal for a PREPS


Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford University), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Aprajit Mahajan (UC Berkeley), Katherine Casey (Stanford University), Kevin Esterling (UC Riverside), Kate Casey (Stanford), Ben Olken (MIT), Maya Petersen (UC Berkeley), Mark van der Laan (UC Berkeley), Bryan Graham (UC Berkeley), David Laitin (Stanford), Don Green (Columbia), Brian Nosek (University of Virginia), Leif Nelson (UC Berkeley), Gabe Lenz (UC Berkeley), Carson Christiano (UC Berkeley)


Angeli Kirk (UC Berkeley), Jeanette Aguilar (UC Berkeley), Jas Sekhon (UC Berkeley), Josh Cohen (Stanford; Apple), Joan Hicks (UC Berkeley), Elizabeth Bailey (UC Berkeley), Catherine Wolfram (UC Berkeley), Alan Gerber (Yale), Stuart Buck (Arnold Foundation), Lauren Falcao (UC Berkeley), Cari Tuna (Goodventures), Sibo Lu (Sloan Foundation), Colin Camerer (CalTech), David Broockman (UC Berkeley), Pierre Bachas (UC Berkeley), Simon Galle (UC Berkeley)