Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Internal and External Validity of the Regression Discontinuity Design: A Meta-Analysis of 15 Within-Study-Comparisons | JPAM Featured Article

Regression discontinuity (RD) is generally acknowledged as the most rigorous non-experimental method for obtaining internally valid impact estimates. The study tests the efficacy of RD by comparing RD causal estimates at the treatment cutoff to those from Randomized Control Trials also estimated at this same cutoff. The study identifies 15 previously completed within-study-comparisons that explicitly examined this issue by assuming the RCT results are unbiased and comparing them to RD results.


Student Member Spotlight: Mallory Flowers

February 14, 2017 05:00 PM


APPAM honors those student and professional members who are dedicated to the public policy profession and stewards of APPAM's mission. Each month, both a new student and professional member will be featured in out Member Spotlight series. Interested in being in the spotlight? Email Meghan Grenda for more information.

What policy school do you attend and what is your degree program? 

I am a Doctoral Candidate at the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy.

What is your expected graduation date?

I am planning to defend my dissertation in May 2018.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I'm aiming to pursue an academic career as a research professor of public policy.

What are your research interests?

My research interests include Energy and Environmental Policy, Voluntary and Information-based programs, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

My research in policy lets me combine my background in mathematics with my own interests in sustainability and clean energy, while exploring policy tools still salient in a world where regulations are increasingly out of favor.

How did you first get involved with APPAM?

I first attended the APPAM Fall Conference during my second year of doctoral classes. It was a bit overwhelming, but also inspiring to see all the new ideas people were working on. 

Why do you stay active in APPAM?

That was a few years ago now, but I keep returning because it helps me keep track of the new and coming research in my field. I've gotten involved with the Student Advisory Committee so I can meet and work with students doing work in other policy areas, and to help identify resources to meet student needs.

What APPAM tools/resources do you use most often?

I find myself in regular contact with the scholars and students I've met through the APPAM network. Some of them are mentors, and others are colleagues and future co-authors.

Hobbies or fun fact:

When I'm not doing research, you'll find me volunteering in Atlanta, or hiking through the Appalachians.

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