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Robust Inference in Regression-Discontinuity Designs


  • Matias Cattaneo

    (University of Michigan)

  • Sebastian Calonico

    (University of Miami)

  • Rocio Titiunik

    (University of Michigan)


This presentation will review main methodological results from the regression-discontinuity (RD) design literature, and illustrate them using the Stata RDROBUST package provided by the authors. More information about the Stata package and background methodological/theoretical papers may be obtained here: If time permits, I will also discuss two on-going research on RD methods and its corresponding Stata implementations. The first project focuses on RD inference under a local randomization assumption, while the second project discusses a new manipulation test for RD designs.

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  • Matias Cattaneo & Sebastian Calonico & Rocio Titiunik, 2015. "Robust Inference in Regression-Discontinuity Designs," 2015 Stata Conference 16, Stata Users Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:scon15:16

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