Ulysses' pact or Ulysses' raft: Using pre-analysis plans in experimental and nonexperimental research

Sarah A. Janzen, Jeffrey D. Michler

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Abstract

Economists have recently adopted pre-analysis plans in response to concerns about robustness and transparency in research. The increased use of registered pre-analysis plans has raised competing concerns that detailed plans are costly to create, overly restrictive, and limit the type of inspiration that stems from exploratory analysis. We consider these competing views of pre-analysis plans, and make a careful distinction between the roles of pre-analysis plans and registries, which provide a record of all planned research. We propose a flexible “packraft” pre-analysis plan approach that offers benefits for a wide variety of experimental and nonexperimental applications in applied economics. JEL CLASSIFICATION: A14; B41; C12; C18; C90; O10; Q00.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1286-1304
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • hypothesis registry
  • pre-analysis plan
  • preregistration
  • research ethics
  • transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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