If you’re doing any kind of empirical work in Economics, you probably have a huge, messy folder containing a mix of
- Data files (
.xlsx, etc.) in various states of merge-ness and cleanliness.
- Scripts for creating graphs & figures, producing summary statistics, and computing models. Probably written for Stata, R, or the Pandas data stack1.
- Files containing written work. These are usually
.doc(x)files, but I’ve seen lots of LaTeX lately as well, and being a plain-text format, this is a huge boon to reproducible research.
A really simple research workflow (start with data, make some figures, make some summary statistics, and run some models) might look like the following:
But of course that’s not clear when looking at the
.zip file you send your