Using Meta-analysis Under Conditions Of Definitional Ambiguity: The Case Of Corporate Crime
Criminal Justice Studies
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Given the reliance on meta-analyses to produce criminal justice policy recommendations, it is important to think critically about how this method is being applied in practice. In this study, we use data from a meta-analysis of corporate crime deterrence to demonstrate that applying meta-analytic methods to conceptually ambiguous research domains is problematic. Although meta-analysis is capable of modeling methodological variations in different research projects examining the same construct, analysts should not assume that meta-analytic methods are always appropriate; methodological differences may reflect underlying conceptual dissimilarities–this violates an assumption of meta-analysis. We also offer a critique of the corporate crime field for failing to clearly define its outcome, a critique that can be extended to other areas of criminological study. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Corporate crime; deterrence; meta-analysis; regulation; white-collar crime
Simpson, S. S.
Using Meta-analysis Under Conditions Of Definitional Ambiguity: The Case Of Corporate Crime.
Criminal Justice Studies, 31(1),