Rocio Titiunik, Princeton University

"Extrapolating Treatment Effects in Multi-Cutoff Regression Discontinuity Designs"

By:  Matias D. Cattaneo, Luke Keele, Rocıo Titiunik, & Gonzalo Vazquez-Bare


 In non-experimental settings, the Regression Discontinuity (RD) design is one of the most credible identification strategies for program evaluation and causal inference. However, RD treatment effect estimands are necessarily local, making statistical methods for the extrapolation of these effects a key area for development. We introduce a new method for extrapolation of RD effects that relies on the presence of multiple cutoffs, and is therefore design-based. Our approach employs an easy-to-interpret identifying assumption that mimics the idea of “common trends” in difference-in-differences designs. We illustrate our methods with data on a subsidized loan program on post-education attendance in Colombia, and offer new empirical evidence on the program effects for students with test scores away from the cutoff that determined program eligibility