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Call for Papers: Regression Discontinuity Designs-Theory and Applications

Advances in Econometrics, Volume 38

Theme of issue

The regression discontinuity (RD) design has emerged as one of the leading quasi-experimental empirical strategies for the identification and estimation of causal treatment effects in policy evaluation, and is widely used in applied work in the social, behavioral, biomedical and statistical sciences. Many challenges remain in the RD literature, both empirical and theoretical, as is evident from the fast growing number of new methodological papers studying this research design. It is indeed a very exciting time for the RD literature. The volume 38 of the series Advances in Econometrics (AiE) will focus on RD designs, and aims at contributing and disseminating novel theoretical, methodological and empirical research advances in this literature.

The goal of this call for papers is to produce a research volume that (i) offers new perspectives and overviews of the theoretical and empirical research in RD designs; and (ii) provides new theoretical and methodological developments in the analysis and interpretation of RD designs. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Perspectives and overviews on RD designs.
  • Identification strategies based on RD designs.
  • Estimation and inference methods for RD designs.
  • Data-driven and implementation methods for RD designs.
  • Validation and falsification tools for RD designs.
  • Computational issues and numerical evidence for RD designs.
  • Extrapolation and external validity for RD designs.
  • Innovative empirical applications employing RD designs.

Selected papers will appear in Advances in Econometrics, Vol. 38. The volume will be edited by Matias D. Cattaneo and Juan Carlos Escanciano, and will include both invited contributions as well as merit-based selected submissions. The following scholars have committed to contribute to this volume: David Card (UC-Berkeley), Thomas Cook (Northwestern U.), Guido Imbens (Stanford U.), David Lee (Princeton U.), Justin McCrary (UC-Berkeley), Zhuan Pei (Cornell U.), Jack Porter (U. Wisconsin), Don Rubin (Harvard), Jasjeet Sekhon (UC-Berkeley), Rocio Titiunik (U. Michigan), Andrea Weber (U. Mannheim).

Submissions information

  • Please e-mail complete papers no later than March 1, 2016 to:[email protected]
  • Review of manuscripts will commence in early March, and accepted articles will appear in print in October 1st, 2016. Feel free to contact the editors with inquiries.
  • A research conference for contributors and invited scholars will be held in May 2016 at the University of Michigan. See below for details.

More information the Conference on RD Designs at Michigan

As part of Advances in Econometrics, volume 38, a research conference on RD designs will be held at the Department of Economics of the University of Michigan, where a selection of accepted manuscripts will be presented and discussed. The main goal of this conference is to bring together leading scholars in the RD literature as well as other interested scholars. The conference will take place on Thursday May 19th and Friday May 20th, 2016, in Ann Arbor, MI, USA The scientific committee for this conference is composed by the following scholars:

  • Alberto Abadie, Public Policy, Havard University; Josh Angrist, Economics, MIT; Martha Bailey, Economics, University of Michigan; Michael Jansson, Economics, UC-Berkeley; Patrick Kline, Economics, UC-Berkeley; Jeffrey Wooldridge, Economics, Michigan State University.
  • Partial funding for presenters, discussants and invited attendees is available. Generous logistical and financial support is provided by: The National Science Foundation (NSF) through grants SES-1357561 and SES-145993; Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics (MITRE); Department of Economics, University of Michigan.

More information about Advances in Econometrics

Advances in Econometrics is a research annual whose editorial policy is to publish original articles that contain enough details so that economists and econometricians who are not experts in the topics will find them accessible and useful in their research. Authors should be able to provide, upon request, computer programs and data used in their articles. Get more information by clicking on the following link:  Advances in Econometrics series