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Extending the regression-discontinuity approach to multiple assignment variables

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

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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Volume (Year): 161 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 203-207

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