Meta-analysis for Public Management and Policy

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-09
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $99.50 Save up to $28.47
  • Rent Book $89.55
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental and eBook copies of this book are not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy is a groundbreaking book that introduces meta-analysis and includes proven techniques for research in public management and policy. The book provides statistical approaches to meta-analysis most useful for public policy and management and features five examples of original meta-analyses of important questions in public management and policy conducted by the author and his team. These original studies show step-by-step how to conduct a meta-analysis and contribute original research on important issues in public policy and management. The book will also features appendices for further practice and study, the elements of which will be included in a companion website.

Author Biography

Evan J. Ringquist is professor and director of the Ph.D. programs in Public Affairs and Public Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Exhibit ix

Preface xv

The Authors xxi

Introducing: Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy 1
Evan J. Ringquist and Mary R. Anderson

Introducing Meta-Analysis 4

The Institutionalization of Meta-Analysis 5

A Role for Meta-Analysis in Public Management and Policy 9

Meta-Analysis: Understanding the Basics 17

Adapting Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy 31

Conclusion 34


1 Conceptualizing Research and Gathering Studies 39
Evan J. Ringquist

Conceptualizing a Meta-Analysis 40

Conducting a Literature Search in Meta-Analysis 50

Conclusion 66

2 Turning Studies into Data 68
Evan J. Ringquist

What to Code 70

The Process of Coding 85

Conclusion 97

3 Calculating and Combining Effect Sizes 102
Evan J. Ringquist

Calculating Effect Sizes 103

Fixed Effects and Random Effects Meta-Analysis 118

Combining Effect Sizes 124

Conclusion 137

4 Meta-Regression Analysis 141
Evan J. Ringquist

Historical Development of Meta-Regression 142

Designing a Meta-Regression 144

Fixed Effects Meta-Regression 151

Random EffectsMeta-Regression 171

Conclusion 189

5 Advanced Meta-Regression for Public Management and Policy 191
Evan J. Ringquist

Clustered Robust Estimation in Meta-Regression 193

Alternatives for Addressing Dependence in Meta-Regression 207

Conclusion 229

6 PublicationBias 231
Evan J. Ringquist

Sources and Consequences of Publication Bias 232

Identifying Publication Bias 238

Remedying and Preventing Publication Bias 253

Conclusion 266

7 Meta-Analysis in Economics 268
Evan J. Ringquist

The FAT-MST-PET-MRA Approach to Meta-Regression 269

Assessing the FAT as a Test for Publication Bias 272

Identifying “True” Effects Using the MST 291

Estimating the Magnitude of “True” Effects Using the PET 292

Conclusion 307


8 Evaluating the Effectiveness of Educational Vouchers 311
Mary R. Anderson, Tatyana Guzman and Evan J. Ringquist

School Choice and Educational Vouchers 312

The Effectiveness of Educational Vouchers 318

Designing a Meta-Analysis of Voucher Effects 324

Searching the Literature 331

Data Analysis: Synthesis 335

Meta-Regression Analysis 339

Conclusion 348

Studies Coded for Meta-Analysis 349

9 Performance Management in the Public Sector 352
Ed Gerrish and Po-Ju Wu

Origin of Performance Management 354

Performance Management in the Literature 359

Literature Search 368

Data Analysis: Synthesis 372

Meta-Analytic Regression Analysis 379

Conclusion 390

Studies Coded for Meta-Analysis 393

Addendum: StratifiedMeta-Regression of Compstat and Compstat-Like Programs 394

10 The Effects of Federal Poverty Deconcentration Efforts on Economic Self-Sufficiency and Problematic Behaviors 398
Joe Bolinger and Lanlan Xu

History of Poverty Deconcentration Programs in the United States 399

Theoretical Foundations of Poverty Deconcentration Policies 402

Impacts of Poverty Deconcentration Policies on Individual Economic and Behavioral Life Outcomes 408

Literature Search 413

Analysis 416

Meta-Regression Analysis 426

Conclusion 436

Studies Coded for Meta-Analysis 439

11 The Relationship Between Public Service Motivation and Performance 442
David C. Warren and Li-Ting Chen

The Importance of a Possible PSM-Performance Relationship 443

Theoretical Foundations of the PSM-Performance Relationship 444

Framing the Meta-Analysis of the PSM-Performance Relationship 447

Data Analysis 455

Meta-Regression Analysis 462

Conclusion 468

Studies Coded for Meta-Analysis 473

Conclusion: Meta-Analysis and the Future of Research in Public Management and Policy 475
Mary R. Anderson and Evan J. Ringquist

Why Meta-Analysis? 478

Why Meta-Analysis Now? 480

Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy: An Adaptation 481

A World of Possibilities: The Future of Meta-Analysis in Public Management and Policy 484

Appendix: Coding Sheets 487

A1: School Vouchers 488

A2: Performance Management 494

A3: Public Housing 502

A4: Public Service Motivation 508

References 514

Name Index 543

Subject Index 549

Rewards Program

Write a Review