I agree, you can't disprove something that hasn't been tried.
I think they greatly exaggerate the effect of the coding error on the overall study as well. Reinhart-Rogoff and other economists involved in those studies, maintain that the errors found are insignificant to the outcome of their study which involved other entities using other sets of numbers as well. This is R-R response.
But economists trying to nail down economic thresholds that fit every country to specific numbers is silly to me anyway.
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