Connor Dowd
| Research


My research focuses on solving failure modes of causal inference. By immersing myself in the actual work of policy evaluation in a variety of contexts, I encounter issues that statisticians tend to abstract away from. My job market paper offers a concrete example of this approach. Donuts in regression discontinuity designs represent a collision between the manipulation-free world of statistics and the reality that many empirical designs encounter limited degrees of manipulation. My work in that setting is to identify issues that can arise, and work to solve them, with an eye towards utility for current practice.

Working Papers

Work in Progress