Random notes from the AMAs

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In the AMAs (see past and future AMAs), we talked about many things. No transcript, but here’s a raw dump of the various websites that were used.

AEA Data and Code Availability Policy

https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/data/data-code-policy, and if revising a package, https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/data/revisions-policy

Restricted data

To access restricted data, the author and Editor may start here: https://aeadataeditor.github.io/aea-de-guidance/sharing-restricted-data/

If the AEA Data Editor cannot access the data, but somebody else can, we follow the “third party” policy https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/data/policy-third-party

Common documentation by Social Science Data Editors

Better code and READMEs

Example of graphical interface to select data (and the difficulty of describing how to do that concisely):


Stata package to do the same much more succinctly:

Similar tension between the FRED graphical interface https://fred.stlouisfed.org/ and the FRED API, which can be used via

Difficult data citations

Example of restricted access data with DOI, and a long list of DOIs (problems with data citations):


and a possible solution.

Versioning of Stata packages


Improving yourself

Draft tutorial on how to self-check reproducibility (and also how to ensure it in the first place), still quite preliminary right now:


Crediting others (software citations)

R package to generate a bibliography file (bib, etc.) from all the citable packages used in an R-based replication package: https://github.com/Pakillo/grateful