September 10, 2012

Nosek on Truth, Science, and Academic Incentives

  • Russell Roberts

    Affiliated Senior Scholar
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Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia talks with EconTalk host Russ Robertsabout how incentives in academic life create a tension between truth-seeking and professional advancement. Nosek argues that these incentives create a subconscious bias toward making research decisions in favor of novel results that may not be true, particularly in empirical and experimental work in the social sciences.