How to Interpret Results of Meta-Analysis

21 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2018

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Tony Hak

Rotterdam School of Management, Department of Management of Technology and Innovation

Henk van Rhee

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management

Robert Suurmond

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

Meta-analysis is a systematic method for synthesizing quantitative results of different empirical studies regarding the effect of an independent variable (or determinant, or intervention, or treatment) on a defined outcome (or dependent variable). Mainly developed in medical and psychological research as a tool for synthesizing empirical information about the outcomes of a treatment, meta-analysis is now increasingly used in the social sciences as a tool for hypothesis testing. However, the assumptions underlying meta-analytic hypothesis testing in the social sciences will usually not be met under real-life conditions. This is the reason why meta-analysis is increasingly conducted with a different aim, based on more realistic assumptions. That aim is to explore the dispersion of effect sizes.

Suggested Citation

Hak, Tony and van Rhee, Henk and Suurmond, Robert, How to Interpret Results of Meta-Analysis (March 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3241367 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3241367

Tony Hak

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Henk Van Rhee (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management ( email )

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Robert Suurmond

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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