Confessions of a Replicator (with Rich Lucas)

Rich Lucas has had an impressive career studying well-being: He holds an endowed professorship at Michigan State, he has won numerous awards, and his work is highly influential in psychology, economics, and other fields. So why does he dedicate a sizeable chunk of his time to running replications of other people’s work? We have a conversation with Rich about doing replication research: why he does it, how others have received it, and what it’s like when the replicator becomes the replicatee (is that even a word?). Plus: We answer a letter about whether we have ever considered non-academic careers. And we go off about two of the many things that afflict women in the academic job marketplace.

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This is episode 8. It was recorded May 10, 2017.