EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Regression Discontinuity Designs Based on Population Thresholds: Pitfalls and Solutions

Andrew C. Eggers, Ronny Freier, Veronica Grembi and Tommaso Nannicini ()

No 1503, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: In many countries, important features of municipal government (such as the electoral system, mayors' salaries, and the number of councillors) depend on whether the municipality is above or below arbitrary population thresholds. Several papers have used a regression discontinuity design (RDD) to measure the effects of these threshold-based policies on political and economic outcomes. Using evidence from France, Germany, and Italy, we highlight two common pitfalls that arise in exploiting population-based policies (confounded treatment and sorting) and we provide guidance for detecting and addressing these pitfalls. Even when these problems are present, population-threshold RDD may be the best available research design for studying the effects of certain policies and political institutions.

Keywords: regression discontinuity design; causal inference; sorting; population thresholds, institutional design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H10 H19 H70 H77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 49 p.
Date: 2015
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-pbe
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (10) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.513460.de/dp1503.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Regression Discontinuity Designs Based on Population Thresholds: Pitfalls and Solutions (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: Regression Discontinuity Designs Based on Population Thresholds: Pitfalls and Solutions (2015) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1503

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Bibliothek ().

 
Page updated 2021-07-27
Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1503