Researching COVID-19: Regression discontinuity designs (online)
|The University of Edinburgh|
Professor Alisdair Rutherford, Professor of Social Statistics, The University of Stirling
Online delivery by The University of Edinburgh
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The global COVID-19 pandemic has provided an interested living laboratory. COVID-19 has impacted a very wide spectrum of activities in social and economic life. The pandemic had lead many national governments to implement lockdowns and other measures aimed at controlling and containing the spread of the virus. These measures represent an explicit ‘treatment’ or ‘intervention’.
Regression discontinuity design (RDD) is a quasi-experimental pre-test and post-test method, that seeks to elicit causal effects. By examining observations that are lying closely on either side of the threshold it is possible to estimate ‘treatment effects’ in environments where experimentation using randomisation would not be feasible. RDD approaches offer great potential for studying the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and related policies and interventions. RDD techniques are widely understood in areas such as econometrics, but have been used less frequently in other areas of social science.
The course will
Course will be delivered online via zoom and will run from 10:00 - 16:00
Participants should have access to Stata. Participants must have used Stata previously. They should have a strong knowledge of statistical analysis, especially regression models. An awareness of causal methods would be an advantage, but is not essential.
Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for students registered at UK/EU University. • £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date.
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