Replicable and Reproducible Research in Economic Geography and Spatial Science

Authors: Peter Kedron*, Oklahoma State University
Topics: Economic Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Economic Geography, Spatial Analysis, Replicability, Reproducibility
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Diplomat Room, Omni, West
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The ability to replicate and reproduce scientific research has recently emerged as a topic of concern and drawn public attention in several fields of study. While not yet a focus in the spatial sciences, the question of replicability should potentially be a central concern of geospatial, regional, and spatial economic research. Conceptually, the spatial interactions, spatial interdependencies, and regional variations that define economic activity create complex spatial generating processes that are difficult to operationalize in consistent and reproducible ways. Methodologically, spatial dependencies and spatial non-stationarities necessitate additional decision making in research design and econometric specification, which can difficult to communicate and replicate. Practically, regional variation often leads to situation in which the results from one geographic area not replicating in another. In the best cases that variation complicates policy advice, in the worst cases those results fall out of the evidence base. This presentation analyzes some of the ways spatial relationships complicate the reproduction of spatial economic research and more broadly the practice of economic geography.

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