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Regression Discontinuity Designs - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Gonzalo Vazquez-Bare
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Schedule: All sessions are held live via Zoom. All times are ET (New York time).

10:00am-12:30pm (convert to your local time)

This course covers the statistical foundations and practical applications of Regression Discontinuity (RD) designs. Many treatments or policies are administered when a score exceeds a pre-specified cutoff. For example, a university scholarship may be granted to students whose entry exam score is higher than a certain value, a government anti-poverty program may be made available to households with a poverty index beyond a certain level, or a drug may be given when a patient’s blood pressure exceeds a threshold.

In such settings, an RD design is based on comparing treated units slightly above the cutoff to untreated units slightly below it to estimate the effect of this treatment without relying on parametric, functional form, or distributional assumptions. The RD design has become a very popular tool for causal inference and is used widely in economics, political science, education, sociology, health sciences, environmental sciences and many other areas.

This course will cover foundational concepts and recent advances in identification, estimation, and statistical inference for RD models.

Starting January 11, we are offering this seminar as a 3-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. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

*We understand that finding time to participate in livestream courses can be difficult. 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. Live captions can be translated to a variety of languages including Spanish, Korean, and Italian. For more information, click here.

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