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Causal inference

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  • Austin Nichols

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In this presentation, I provide a brief overview of quasiexperimental methods of estimating causal impacts using Stata: panel data, matching and reweighting, instrumental variables, and regression discontinuity designs, emphasizing practical considerations. I pay particular attention to the regression discontinuity method, which is the least widely known but the most well regarded of the quasiexperimental methods in those circumstances where it is appropriate.

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  • Austin Nichols, 2009. "Causal inference," DC09 Stata Conference 8, Stata Users Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:dcon09:8
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