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Replicator @ RWI

RWI invites applications for several Replicator (m/w/d) positions on a self-employed basis to conduct a robustness replication of a published microeconomic study in the field of Development Economics.

The successful applicant will work with us on the project “Robustness and Replicability in Economics (R2E)”, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) Priority Programme “Meta-Rep”. The Lead PI is Jörg Ankel-Peters (RWI) with co-investigators Anna Dreber and Magnus Johannesson (Stockholm School of Economics). In this project, we aim to, first, define replicability for robustness replications in economics and, second, transfer this definition into a protocol and, third, conduct many robustness replications using the original data of the studies, based on the developed protocol. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the ongoing debate about replicability and replication rates in economics.

You will write a replication report documenting your procedure and results, which will be reviewed by us and sent to the authors of the original study. Finally, we will jointly publish the report as a discussion paper with you as the leading author in the I4R Discussion Paper Series.

Successful applicants should

  • Be interested in the topics of meta-science, replication and research transparency
  • Have a strong background in applied microeconomics and econometrics; experience in Development Economics is a plus
  • Have completed or be currently enrolled in a doctorate degree in economics, statistics, computer sciences, or a related field in
    social science
  • Have an excellent command of English and strong writing skills; German skills are not required
  • Having advanced knowledge of the statistical software Stata; knowledge of R and/or Python is a plus
  • Have the technical infrastructure for working remotely including own equipment (will not be provided by RWI

The position starts as soon as possible and is limited to six months. The work can be done fully remotely. The applicant will receive compensation of 2,500 € gross in total, possible distributed in installments based upon predetermined deliverables. Additionally, replication fellows will be listed as co-authors on the meta-paper. At the conclusion of the project, it is foreseen to gather all fellows for a final workshop at RWI in Essen, Germany.

Application Deadline: November 26, 2023.

Find more information here.