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2017 Workshop on Research Methods in Social Sciences and Business
Revisiting the replicability, and credibility, crisis in the social sciences and progress towards addressing it

The UNSW Business School's experimental research laboratory (BizLab) and the Behavioral Insights for Business and Policy (BIBaP) research network are hosting a half-day Workshop on Research Methods in Social Sciences and Business on Friday, November 3rd.

The theme for the workshop is Revisiting the replicability, and credibility, crisis in the social sciences and progress towards addressing it. It is no longer news that economics, psychology, and other business and social sciences face serious replication crises that seem to be brought about – to a considerable extent – by questionable practices such as p-hacking and publication bias. Since replication is an important component of cumulative science, these crises pose a major challenge and are of considerable interest to everyone working experimentally or empirically in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, psychology and other related areas. The workshop offers an up-to-date assessment of the current state of the crises and strategies (such as the recent proposal by the group of 72 to reduce alpha to 0.005) to overcome them.

We welcome academics from across the business disciplines and social sciences who are interested in experimental and empirical methods and interdisciplinary exchange. It is anticipated that both faculty and PhD students from across Australia will attend the workshop, and there will be plenty of time for informal networking.


  • Date: Friday, November 3rd 2017
  • Time: 12pm - 6.30pm, followed by drinks and canapés
  • Location: UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney
    • Colombo Building (B16) - Theatre C
  • Catering: Lunch, coffee, refreshments, drinks, and canapés will be provided free of charge
  • Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order by first name): Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University Business School, Department of Economics), Julia Rohrer (MPI Human Development/DIW Berlin), Renee Adams (UNSW Business School, Department of Finance), and Tal Yarkoni (University of Texas, Austin, Department of Psychology)


Registration is required. No registration, no participation. Registration deadline is October 26th, 2017 17:00 AEDT

To register, click on the link below to be taken to the registration page.

Eventbrite - 2016 Experimental Methods Workshop

Program Schedule

  • 12:00 - 12:45 Registration and lunch
  • 12:45 - 13:00 Opening remarks and Introduction to the workshop
  • 13:15 - 15:00 Session 1 (with short break)
    • Julia Rohrer
      • Tackling deep-rooted problems of psychological research
    • Chris Doucouliagos
      • Finding the Power to Reduce Publication Bias
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Break
  • 15:30 - 18:00 Session 2 (with short breaks)
    • Tal Yarkoni
      • Improving reproducibility and replicability in psychology: lessons from the computational sciences
    • Renee Adams
      • On the ABC of empirical corporate governance research
    • Panel discussion with all presenters (moderated by Andreas Ortmann)
      • Identifying the top ten most promising strategies to increase replicability of research in social sciences and business disciplines
  • 18:00 - 18:15 Concluding Remarks
  • 18:15 - 21:00 Drinks and canapés


  • Chris Doucouliagos
    • Chris is the Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Economics at the Deakin University Business School. He is one of Australia’s leading meta-researchers, and his areas of research span primary data analysis and meta-regression. Chris is particularly interested in the credibility of empirical research (economics, psychology, and medicine). He is currently working on labour market and economic development issues, largely within a political economy/public choice framework. He is widely published including a recent article in Economic Journal about the state of power in empirical economics studies (joint with J.A. Ioannidis and T. Stanley).
  • Julia Rohrer
    • Notwithstanding publications in high-impact journals such as PNAS, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science, Julia is (still) a PhD student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course, the German Institute for Economic Research, and the University of Leipzig. She is an advisory board member at the newly founded meta-scientific journal Meta-Psychology, an advisory board member of Curate Science, a framework for the integration of empirical evidence, and Associate Editor of The Inquisitive Mind, a peer-reviewed magazine that communicates psychological research to the general public. Julia is also one of the top ten posters on the FB Psychological Methods Discussion Group. In her research, she studies the determinants of subjective well-being change across the life course. Julia is an advocate for Open Science and one the authors behind the Open Science website The 100% CI.
  • Renee Adams
    • Renee is Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales. She holds an M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the organization of corporate boards. She has written papers examining the information flow between managers and the board, gender diversity on boards, governance problems in banks, group decision-making on boards and the governance of central banks. She has published in top accounting, economics, finance and management journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies and Strategic Management Journal. In 2014, she was invited to join the editorial board of Management Science.
  • Tal Yarkoni
    • Tal is research assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Psychology and Director of its Psychoinformatics Lab, which develops and applies new methods for large-scale acquisition, organization, and synthesis of psychological data. He works with his collaborators to combine techniques from behavioral psychology, functional neuroimaging, and computer science to create new ways of exploring data and derive new insights about the human mind. Tal blogs at https://www.talyarkoni.org/blog/, and is an advocate for Open Science.

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