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Antoine Clamaran <antoineclamaran509@yahoo.com> |

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"statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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Re: st: Cmogram, rdob, mccrary |

Date |
Thu, 7 Jun 2012 13:21:23 +0100 (BST) |

Thank you very much for your helpful comments! Still there is something I am not sure about: When one specifies the breakpoint in these commands (rdob and DCdensity), to which group does the breakpoint belong to? i.e. if the breakpoint is zero, the guys for which the running variable equals zero are assigned to the control group or to the treatment one? So when you tell Stata that the breakpoint is zero, does it take (x,0)[0,x) or (x,0](0,x)? Thanks, Andreu ________________________________ From: Patrick Button <pbutton@uci.edu> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Re: st: Cmogram, rdob, mccrary Hi Antoine, Here are responses to some of your questions. 1) The syntax for the Imbens and Kalyanaraman (2011) algorithm to compute the bandwidth is: syntax anything [if] [in] [,uniform detail c(real 0) fuzzy(varname)] Based on inspection of the code, it seems like you can specify any real number to be the value of the proposed discontinuity. Although it is suggested that you change the running variable so that the possible discontinuity is at 0, this is not required. If the possible discontinuity is at 10, then you just need to specify c(10). If x is your running/assignment variable, and the proposed discontinuity is at c, then you can shift x so the discontinuity is at c simply by: replace x = x - c 2) The syntax for the McCrary (2008) density test in Stata is as follows: syntax varname(numeric) [if/] [in/], breakpoint(real) GENerate(string) /// [ b(real 0) h(real 0) at(string) graphname(string) noGRaph] Notice the breakpoint(real). The breakpoint here refers to the point where there is thought to be a discontinuity. Example: DCdensity Z, breakpoint(10) generate(Xj Yj r0 fhat se_fhat) graphname(DCdensity_example.eps) 3) From my understanding after reading the McCrary (2008) paper, local linear regression is used in the test (one of the keywords for the paper is "Local linear density estimator"). Local linear regression doesn't really work with discrete data. Lee and Card (2007) discuss this and how a parametric functional form is necessary. Basically, there is no way under a non-parametric approach to shrink the bandwidth to zero. Some sort of parametric functional form assumption is necessary. For this reason, I don't think you can really use the McCrary (2008) density test code with discrete data. If you were to go ahead and run the test anyways with discrete data, I am not sure what result you would get. It would be questionable, since non-parametric methods don't really make sense here, but you might get some sort of output. As an alternative, you could do a standard RD analysis using polynomials. Your Y variable would be the frequency in each discrete cell of your running variable, X. When you run the polynomial regression, make sure you cluster on X as per advice in Lee and Card (2007). 4) I've never used cmogram so i'm not help here. Anyways I hope that's helpful. -- Patrick Button Ph.D. Candidate Department of Economics University of California, Irvine https://sites.google.com/site/patrickbutton/ > > Dear statalist members, > > I am working on a Fuzzy RDD, and I have the following questions with > respect to the following commands which are commonly used in Regression > Discontinuity > Designs and can be found in the following websites: > 1) rdob: http://www.economics.harvard.edu/faculty/imbens/software_imbens > (concretely the file is in > http://www.economics.harvard.edu/faculty/imbens/files/rdob.ado) > > 2) DCdensity (McCrary test) : > http://emlab.berkeley.edu/~jmccrary/DCdensity/ > 3) cmogram: http://ideas.repec.org/c/boc/bocode/s457162.html > > > -The first question is, when using rdob to compute the optimal bandwidth, > i.e. > rdob outcome running_variable, c(0) > Is rdob assuming that the treatment starts with positive values of the > running variable (so when the running variable is zero, there is no > treatment), or is it assuming that when the running variable is 0, > treatment is assigned? > > -The second question is exactly the same one but for the Mccrary test > (DCdensity command) > > -The third question is about the support of the running variable: whenever > it is discrete, should the bin-sizes for the McCrary test be integers > /discrete as well? > > > -The fourth and last question is whether is it possible to use cmogram > selecting the bin size and avoiding the bins on the boundary to include > data points from both sides (i.e. define the bin size "x" and imposing > that the bins around the boundary are [-x,0), [0,x ) > > > Thanks for your attention, > > Antoine > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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