Secondary observer effects: idiosyncratic errors in small-N secondary data analysis

@article{Breznau2016SecondaryOE,
  title={Secondary observer effects: idiosyncratic errors in small-N secondary data analysis},
  author={Nate Breznau},
  journal={International Journal of Social Research Methodology},
  year={2016},
  volume={19},
  pages={301 - 318}
}
  • Nate Breznau
  • Published 2016
  • Mathematics
  • International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • In this paper, I extend the concept of observer effect into the realm of country-level secondary data analysis. When analyzing what appear to be the same secondary data using the same methods, macro-comparative researchers arrive at different results. I argue that this is a product of idiosyncratic variation directly or indirectly produced by the researchers. Even when this bias produces only small perturbations in results, the consequences may be very large. Using an influential study by… CONTINUE READING
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