Policing epistemic communities

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Abstract

I examine how particular social arrangements and incentive structures encourage the honest reporting of experimental results and minimize fraudulent scientific work. In particular I investigate how epistemic communities can achieve this goal by promoting members to police the community. Using some basic tools from game theory, I explore a simple model in which scientists both conduct research and have the option of investigating the findings of their peers. I find that this system of peer policing can in many cases ensure high levels of honesty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-416
Number of pages14
JournalEpisteme
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science

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