The Regression Discontinuity Design — Theory and Applications

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Title: The Regression Discontinuity Design — Theory and Applications
Author: Lemieux, Thomas; Imbens, Guido

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Citation: Imbens, Guido W. and Thomas Lemieux. 2008. The regression discontinuity design — theory and applications. Special Issue, Journal of Econometrics 142, no. 2: 611-614.
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Abstract: 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 With the exception of a few unpublished theoretical papers, these methods did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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