The 2015 Southampton Conference on the Credibility of Empirical Research

In July 3-4 20015 the University of Southampton hosted an international and interdisciplinary conference on the 'Credibility of Research' with an emphasis on the perspective of social and behavioural sciences.

There are recent claims that s
cience has entered a crisis of trust: many empirical results, usually expressed in terms of statistical significance, appear to be surprisingly hard to replicate, thus eroding the public trust in scientific results and, possibly, also in scientific methodology more general. This has been recognized both in the popular press and in academic circles, leading to a variety of proposals for policy remedies, for instance in form of increased requirements on the transparency of research design.

Conference participants from different disciplines and countries came together discussed the state of affairs as well as possible solutions.

The scientific program consisted of two keynote lectures, a number of invited talks organised in plenary sessions and a roundtable with a policy focus.

Keynote Speakers

  • John Ioannidis, C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention, Stanford University.

  • Charles F. Manski, Board of Trustees Professor in Economics, Northwestern University.

  Roundtable Discussion: “Scientific Knowledge, Economics and Society”

Participants: Jane Falkingham (Chair), Colin Camerer, Roger Giner-Sorolla, John Ioannidis and Charles Manski 

Organizing Committee

Thomas Gall (Economics, University of Southampton).
Zacharias Maniadis (Economics, University of Southampton).
Constantine Sedikides (Psychology, University of Southampton).
Fabio Tufano (Economics, University of Nottingham)

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from:

The Royal Economic Society

Department of Economics, University of Southampton

School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton

The Psychology Unit, University of Southampton

Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund, University of Southampton

Encouraging the study of economic science.