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Regression Discontinuity Designs In Economics

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  • David S. Lee

    (Princeton University and NBER)

  • Thomas Lemieux

    (University of British Columbia and NBER)

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This paper provides an introduction and "user guide" to Regression Discontinuity (RD) designs for empirical researchers. It presents the basic theory behind the research design, details when RD is likely to be valid or invalid given economic incentives, explains why it is considered a "quasi-experimental" design, and summarizes different ways (with their advantages and disadvantages) of estimating RD designs and the limitations of interpreting these estimates. Concepts are discussed using using examples drawn from the growing body of empirical research using RD.

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Paper provided by Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section. in its series Working Papers with number 1118.

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Keywords: Regression Discontinuity; research design; incentives;

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