Improving Economics Academic Journals by Publishing Negative Results

Very interesting piece by Douglas L. Campbell on his blog about fixing academic journals. But I think there’s also another problem: negative results have a very low probability to be published.

I know this specific issue is not related to academic journals per see, as it depends more on the way researchers perceive what’s scientifically valuable in their field. But negative results should not be forgotten in the race of publishing, because a good experimental protocol or a good econometric setting that leads to a “I didn’t find what I was looking for” conclusion is a form of knowledge.

A journal of negative results has been launched in medicine. What about (and when) something similar in economics? It could help to make economics an even stronger science.

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