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Livestream Seminar

Regression Discontinuity Designs

A 4-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Rocío Titiunik
Course Dates:

Monday, August 29, 2022 –
Thursday, September 1, 2022


10:30am-12:30pm ET (New York time): Live session via Zoom
1:30pm-3:00pm ET: Live session via Zoom

This seminar focuses on methods for the analysis and interpretation of Regression Discontinuity (RD) designs. It will cover both introductory concepts and recent methodological developments.

The RD design is a non-experimental method that has high internal validity for estimating treatment effects. The design can be used when individuals are assigned to some treatment based entirely on a score—in education, this score is usually referred to as a “pretest score”. This could be any quantitative measure, such as an exam grade, income, age, or cholesterol level. All individuals whose score exceeds a predetermined cutoff are offered the treatment, while all individuals below the cutoff are not offered the treatment. For example, if a scholarship is given only to students who score 90 or more points in an exam, the effect of the scholarship could be analyzed with a RD design.

After treatment, an outcome is measured for all individuals–the “posttest score”–which could either be the same variable as the pretest score or a different measure. The analysis focuses on detecting possible discontinuities in the observed relationship between the pretest score and the outcome of interest at the cutoff, under appropriate continuity or local randomization assumptions.

Starting August 29, we are offering this seminar as a 4-day synchronous*, livestream workshop held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. Each day will consist of two lecture sessions which include hands-on exercises, separated by a 1-hour break. Participants are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if they are unable to attend at the scheduled time

*We understand that scheduling is difficult during this unpredictable time. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously. 

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions.

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“This is the ultimate course for those interested in a thorough introduction to Regression Discontinuity Designs."

“This is the ultimate course for those interested in a thorough introduction to Regression Discontinuity Designs. Some instructors have a natural talent for conveying the intuition behind estimators, and others are best at explaining complex problems reliably. Titiunik has a unique ability to do both, reaching audiences at all levels.”

Anibal Perez-Linan

University of Notre Dame

"I feel like I can confidently go into a RD project using these materials."

“I really enjoyed the RDD course. I feel like I can confidently go into a RD project using these materials. Fantastic lecturer! I really recommend this course to my colleagues.”

Yoshihito Goto

Kyoto University

“This is an incredibly useful course for any social scientist."

“This is an incredibly useful course for any social scientist. It offers a great overview of the RD framework with a variety of examples that help you understand how to apply and interpret this methodology. I strongly recommend.”

Gino Cattani

New York University