Deakin Lab for the Meta-Analysis of Research (DeLMAR)

The aim of DeLMAR is to bring together scholars across Deakin involved with meta-analysis and research synthesis. A unifying focus of the lab’s work is the development and application of methods that are shared across research problems in the social and natural sciences. A second unifying focus is an emphasis on producing evidence-based knowledge that can inform policy across disciplinary boundaries.

Welcome to DeLMAR

Professor Tom Stanley introduces Deakin Laboratory for the Meta-Analysis of Research (DeLMAR) in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Our team

Centre Co-Directors

Chris Dubelaar  
Chris Doucouliagos



Faculty of Arts and Education

Brian Doig

Alfred Deakin Institute


PhD Students



Isuru Kirige
Maria Klona



Yin Chen


Matthew Larkin

Meta-Analysis of Economics Research (MAER) Network

MAER-Net is an international network of scholars committed to improving economic science through meta-analysis. The purpose of our network is to serve as a clearinghouse for research in meta-analysis and economics and to improve the communication among scholars in this rapidly growing field.

Learn more about MAER-NET

Databases, publications, methods and working papers

The primary analytical tool used by DelMAR is meta-regression analysis, the statistical analysis of all relevant and comparable research on a specific scientific issue or, in other words, it is quantitative research synthesis. We seek to estimate genuine empirical effects, to understand research heterogeneity and to correct specification and selection biases endemic in economics and the social sciences.

View DeLMAR's collection of databases, publications, methods and working papers

Activities and events

DeLMAR will host the MAER-Net Colloquium 2018, October 4th to 6th, 2018. More details coming soon.

Workshop on Meta-Analysis and Research Synthesis, 14th February 2017

Presenters: T.D Stanley (Hendrix College) and Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin)

In the first half of the workshop, Professor Stanley discussed meta-analysis methods and the synthesis of empirical research. The methods were illustrated with an example of the marriage premium and the baby penalty; do men gain from marriage and women lose from having children? In the second half of the workshop Chris Doucouliagos provided hands-on research synthesis training using data on the impact of private and public health expenditure on life expectancy and mortality.

Tom Stanley gave an invited keynote lecture, “Meta-Analysis in the Social Science: An Introduction,’ at the “Frontiers of Transition Economics” conference at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. The workshop was sponsored by the Kyoto Institute of Economic Research. 

Tom Stanley also gave a meta-analysis seminar at the Institute of Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.

Contact us

Professor of Marketing
Chris Dubelaar
+61 3 9244 3786
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Chair in Economics
Professor Chris Doucouliagos
+61 3 9244 6531
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