Regression Discontinuity Designs in Economics
David S. Lee
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 2, June 2010
This paper provides an introduction and "user guide" to Regression Discontinuity
(RD) designs for empirical researchers. It presents the basic theory behind the research design, details when RD is likely to be valid or invalid given economic incentives, explains why it is considered a "quasi-experimental" design, and summarizes different
ways (with their advantages and disadvantages) of estimating RD designs and the limitations of interpreting these estimates. Concepts are discussed using examples drawn from the growing body of empirical research using RD. ( JEL C21, C31)
Lee, David S., and Thomas Lemieux.
"Regression Discontinuity Designs in Economics."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Single Equation Models; Single Variables: Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions
Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models: Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions