Meta-Analysis in Financial Economics: Opportunities, Challenges, and Contemporary Applications

32 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2019

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Jerome Geyer-Klingeberg

University of Augsburg - Institute of Materials Resource Management

Markus Hang

University of Augsburg

Andreas Rathgeber

University of Augsburg - Institute of Materials Resource Management

Date Written: June 16, 2019

Abstract

The volume of empirical research output in finance exhibits a strong upward trajectory, often producing widely varying and ambiguous results. At the same time, we observe a credibility crisis challenging the reliability and transparency of academic research. This creates demand for methods that objectively evaluate and consolidate previous empirical evidence. Meta-analysis is a statistical method to aggregate a set of prior studies, to discover and explain consistencies as well as inconsistencies within the reported results, and to detect and filter out common distorting effects due to publication bias or model misspecification. However, while meta-analysis is a standard tool for research synthesis and evidence-based decisions in many related research disciplines, like management, marketing, or economics, it has been rarely applied in finance. The goal of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview and discussion of the opportunities of meta-analytical research in financial economics, its recent applications, as well as related challenges and limitations. Thereby, we aim at increasing the awareness and acceptance of meta-analysis in finance and stimulating its future application in the field.

Keywords: meta-analysis, meta-regression, synthesis, publication bias, financial economics

JEL Classification: G00, C83

Suggested Citation

Geyer-Klingeberg, Jerome and Hang, Markus and Rathgeber, Andreas, Meta-Analysis in Financial Economics: Opportunities, Challenges, and Contemporary Applications (June 16, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3469150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3469150

Jerome Geyer-Klingeberg (Contact Author)

University of Augsburg - Institute of Materials Resource Management ( email )

University of Augsburg
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Augsburg, 86159
Germany
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Markus Hang

University of Augsburg ( email )

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Augsburg, 86159
Germany
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Andreas Rathgeber

University of Augsburg - Institute of Materials Resource Management ( email )

Augsburg, 86159
Germany

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