The Origin of Regression Discontinuity Design Module

This module takes a look at the seminal paper to show how its problem solving techniques set the groundwork for today's regression discontinuity techniques.

Regression Discontinuity: Looking at People on the Edge

Here we introduce the basic idea behind regression discontinuity. We also discuss the first empirical paper which both invented and used this technique.

The paper that invented regression discontinuity is Thistlethwaite and Campbell (1960). “Regression-discontinuity analysis: an alternative to the ex post facto experiment.” Journal of Educational Psychology, 51(6), 309-317.