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Extending the regression-discontinuity approach to multiple assignment variables

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  • Papay, John P.
  • Willett, John B.
  • Murnane, Richard J.

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The recent scholarly attention to the regression-discontinuity design has focused exclusively on the application of a single assignment variable. In many settings, however, exogenously imposed cutoffs on several assignment variables define a set of different treatments. In this paper, we show how to generalize the standard regression-discontinuity approach to include multiple assignment variables simultaneously. We demonstrate that fitting this general, flexible regression-discontinuity model enables us to estimate several treatment effects of interest.

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  • Papay, John P. & Willett, John B. & Murnane, Richard J., 2011. "Extending the regression-discontinuity approach to multiple assignment variables," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 161(2), pages 203-207, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:161:y:2011:i:2:p:203-207
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