Class 20: Regression Discontinuity Part I

We’ll begin implementing an RD with simulated data. We’ll discuss the basics of the RD identification strategy, its implementation, and some details including bin and bandwidth selection.


  • Describe the intuition underlying the RD identification strategy
  • Implement an RD strategy with simulated data
  • Explain optimal bandwidth and bin width selection


  • Clone the Medicare Advantage repository (if you haven’t already) and begin working with data
  • Implement RD design with simulated data in R