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Hendrix Professor Organizes International Economics Conference

Tom StanleyDr. Tom StanleyCONWAY, Ark. (Sept. 6, 2011) – Hendrix economics professor Dr. Tom Stanley has organized the fifth annual Meta-Analysis of Economics Research Network (MAER-Net) Colloquium, an international economics research colloquium, which will be held this month at the University of Cambridge’s Wolfson College. Hendrix College hosted last year’s MAER-Net colloquium.

Stanley is one of only seven American scholars presenting at the event. He will begin the program will the first plenary session on the fundamentals of meta-analysis. Other presenters are from Africa, Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, and South America. More than 65 researchers from all over the world, plus students and other visitors, are expected to attend.

“Meta-analysis is the statistical analysis of previously reported empirical research,” explained Stanley, Professor of Economics and Business at Hendrix and Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. “It seeks to summarize and explain the disparate empirical findings routinely reported in nearly any area of economics.  Meta-analysis provides the statistical methods that can sort through the mountains of empirical research in a systematic and rigorous manner, uncovering the central empirical realities and policy implications.” 

Meta-analytic techniques have been applied for decades in health and medical research, and meta-analyses of economic policy have increased exponentially over the past 20 years, Stanley said.

Stanley received a $40,000 grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) to host the colloquium and present a meta-analysis workshop at the DFID’s London offices.

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