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Working with Data: Two Empiricists’ Experience

  • Christopher R. Knittel and Konstantinos Metaxoglou EMAIL logo


We propose a set of best practices on how to organize empirical research drawn from our experience. We offer some ideas on organizing, processing and analyzing data efficiently with an eye towards quality control, documentation, and replicability. Although these best practices are by no means unique, they have served us and colleagues well over the years. We hope they will be helpful to students and young economists in their research endeavors.

JEL Codes: A22; A23; A29

Corresponding author: Konstantinos Metaxoglou, Carleton University – Economics, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada, E-mail:
aPrior to joining the Faculty at Carleton, Metaxoglou spent 7 years with an economic consulting firm working on Antitrust litigation. Some of the practices described here come from his consulting experience. We have not received any financial benefit for promoting the software discussed here. The usual disclaimer applies.


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Published Online: 2016-3-9

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