ERIC Number: ED501957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Regression Discontinuity Designs: A Guide to Practice. NBER Working Paper No. 13039
Imbens, Guido; Lemieux, Thomas
National Bureau of Economic Research
In Regression Discontinuity (RD) designs for evaluating causal effects of interventions, assignment to a treatment is determined at least partly by the value of an observed covariate lying on either side of a fixed threshold. These designs were first introduced in the evaluation literature by Thistlewaite and Campbell (1960). With the exception of a few unpublished theoretical papers, these methods did not attract much attention in the economics literature until recently. Starting in the late 1990s, there has been a large number of studies in economics applying and extending RD methods. In this paper we review some of the practical and theoretical issues involved in the implementation of RD methods.
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