A Practical Guide to Regression Discontinuity Designs in Political Science ∗

  title={A Practical Guide to Regression Discontinuity Designs in Political Science ∗},
  author={Christopher Skovron and Rocı́o Titiunik},
  • Christopher Skovron, Rocı́o Titiunik
  • Published 2015
We provide a practical guide to the analysis and interpretation of the regression discontinuity (RD) design, an empirical strategy that political scientists are increasingly employing to estimate causal effects with observational data. The defining feature of the RD design is that a treatment is assigned based on whether the value of a score exceeds a known cutoff. We review core conceptual issues, discussing the differences and similarities between RD designs and randomized controlled… CONTINUE READING


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