Geographic Boundaries as Regression Discontinuities

  title={Geographic Boundaries as Regression Discontinuities},
  author={Luke J. Keele},
Political scientists often turn to natural experiments to draw causal inferences with observational data. Recently, the regression discontinuity design (RD) has become a popular type of natural experiment due to its relatively weak assumptions. We study a special type of regression discontinuity design where the discontinuity in treatment assignment is geographic. In this design, which we call the Geographic Regression Discontinuity (GRD) design, a geographic or administrative boundary splits… CONTINUE READING
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