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Meta-regression approximations to reduce publication selection bias
reportposted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by T D Stanley, H Doucouliagos
Publication selection bias represents a serious challenge to the integrity of all empirical sciences. We develop meta-regression approximations that are shown to reduce this bias and outperform conventional meta-analytic methods. Our approach is derived from Taylor polynomial approximations to the conditional mean of a truncated distribution. Monte Carlo simulations demonstrate how a new hybrid estimator provides a practical solution. These meta-regression methods are applied to several policy-relevant areas of research including: antidepressant effectiveness, the value of a statistical life and the employment effect of minimum wages and alter what we think we know.