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Regression discontinuity designs based on population thresholds: pitfalls and solutions

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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 p...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
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Publisher:
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Volume:
9553
Publication date:
2015-12-01
ISSN:
2365-9793
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pubs:679438
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uuid:b8459265-d6da-466e-8346-0dbafbc4fcff
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pubs:679438
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679438
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2017-05-04

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