Chapter 11. Meta-Regression Models of Economics and Medical Research

  1. Ian Shemilt Senior Research Associate3,
  2. Miranda Mugford Professor3,
  3. Luke Vale Professor4,
  4. Kevin Marsh Head5 and
  5. Cam Donaldson Yunus Chair NIHR Senior Investigator6
  1. T. D. Stanley

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320398.ch11

Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics: Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Criminal Justice, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics: Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Criminal Justice, Second Edition

How to Cite

Stanley, T. D. (2010) Meta-Regression Models of Economics and Medical Research, in Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics: Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Criminal Justice, Second Edition (eds I. Shemilt, M. Mugford, L. Vale, K. Marsh and C. Donaldson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320398.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

  2. 4

    Health Economics Research Unit and Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

  3. 5

    The Matrix Knowledge Group, London, UK

  4. 6

    Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Economics, Hendrix College, Conway, AR, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191531

Online ISBN: 9781444320398

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Keywords:

  • meta-regression models of economics and medical research;
  • meta-regression analysis (MRA) of economics research;
  • applied econometrics - empirical economics employing regression on observational data;
  • conventional meta-regression model;
  • publication bias as severe threat to scientific interventions;
  • funnel graphs - in detecting publication bias;
  • FAT-PET - funnel asymmetry and precision effect tests;
  • conducting meta-regression analysis

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The meta-regression analysis of economics research

  • A difference by design

  • The conventional meta-regression model

  • A word about quality

  • Publication bias and its discontents

  • Funnel graphs

  • Funnel asymmetry and precision effect tests (FAT-PET-MRA)

  • Conducting a meta-regression analysis: a brief sketch

  • Conclusions

  • References