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A Practical Introduction to Regression Discontinuity Designs

A Practical Introduction to Regression Discontinuity Designs
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Part of Elements in Quantitative and Computational Methods for the Social Sciences

  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108710206

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  • In this Element and its accompanying second Element, A Practical Introduction to Regression Discontinuity Designs: Extensions, Matias Cattaneo, Nicolás  Idrobo, and Rocıìo Titiunik provide an accessible and practical guide for the analysis and interpretation of regression discontinuity (RD) designs that encourages the use of a common set of practices and facilitates the accumulation of RD-based empirical evidence. In this Element, the authors discuss the foundations of the canonical Sharp RD design, which has the following features: (i) the score is continuously distributed and has only one dimension, (ii) there is only one cutoff, and (iii) compliance with the treatment assignment is perfect. In the second Element, the authors discuss practical and conceptual extensions to this basic RD setup.

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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108710206
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 21 colour illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The sharp RD design
    3. RD plots
    4. The continuity-based approach to RD analysis
    5. Validation and falsification of the RD design
    6. Final remarks.

  • Authors

    Matias D. Cattaneo, Princeton University, New Jersey

    Nicolás Idrobo, University of Pennsylvania

    Rocío Titiunik, Princeton University, New Jersey

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